Former Governor Summoned to Jury Duty

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Ryan was not chosen for a jury. A spokeswoman for the Kankakee County jury commission says the civil case he and others had been called for was settled out of court and the jury panel was dismissed.

Ryan told the Kankakee Daily Journal that jury duty is a necessary part of the court system.

The former governor is charged in a federal indictment with racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, tax fraud and filing false tax returns. He's accused of steering state contracts and leases to clients of a political friend while he was secretary of state in the 1990s.

Ryan's trial is expected to begin in Chicago next March.