James E. Ryan

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Jim Ryan

James E. Ryan
aka Jim Ryan

(born February 21, 1946) is a former Amateur boxer and American politician who served two four-year terms as Illinois Attorney General. A career Republican, he received his party's nomination and ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Illinois against Rod Blagojevich in 2002. He has been a professor at Benedictine University since 2003.
Ryan announced he will be a Republican candidate for Governor of Illinois in 2010. He is widely considered as a front-runner for Republican nomination and leads incumbent Governor Pat Quinn in aggregate polling
Ryan was born in Chicago, Illinois. Ryan's father Edward Ryan was an Irish American construction worker while his mother was an Italian immigrant housewife. Ryan and his sisters, Maria and Peggy, grew up in suburban Villa Park. Ryan attended Benedictine-run high school, Saint Procopius Academy (now Benet Academy). Upon graduating, Ryan went on to study at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) where he obtained his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1968. He then went on to Chicago-Kent College of Law where he obtained his J.D. in 1971.


  • Amateur Boxing Achievements
  • 1964 Chicago Golden Gloves Middleweight Champion