A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a complex 16-page ruling Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption.
The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early. He is due to be freed in mid-2013.
McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary
For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has returned the fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors - Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.