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  Even a dog gets in act as Senate race ends
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateMonday, March 15, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRyan has tried to downplay his last name, which he shares with recently indicted former Gov. George Ryan, though the two are not related.

"That's a great name. We're going to put it back in business," said Smith.

Jack Ryan noted later that he had "enough of a burden" to try to restore Republicans to the win column in statewide politics this fall without trying to also restore the aura of political integrity to everyone named Ryan. Still, he implored the two dozen supporters at the rally to help him "revive the Republican Party."

But it was Jack Ryan's personal integrity that Oberweis has sought to question during the final hours of the campaign.

Ryan has refused to release sealed portions of the court file relating to his 1999 divorce from actress Jeri Ryan, contending that the material must remain closed to public scrutiny to protect the couple's 9-year-old son. But in his new radio ads, Oberweis suggests Ryan has something to hide.

In Peoria at a GOP fundraising event Sunday night, the two met behind closed doors to discuss Oberweis' demand that Ryan submit the sealed material for independent review. Afterward, they couldn't even agree on whether the meeting was private.

Ryan refused to discuss what went on, contending that what he and Oberweis talked about in a conference room at Bradley University was not for public consumption.
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