Ditka won't run for Senate in Illinois

CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame football coach Mike Ditka has decided to punt and says he will not be the Illinois Republican Party's replacement candidate for U.S. Senate.

Ditka declines to run for Senate

WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka Wednesday turned down an invitation from the Republican Party to run for Illinois' U.S. Senate seat.

Coach's wife against Ditka Senate bid

CHICAGO, July 13 (UPI) -- Diana Ditka, the no-nonsense wife of former head football coach Mike Ditka, says her husband would be nuts to run for U.S. Senate in Illinois.

In Illinois, Ditka draft talk increases

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The effort by some Illinois Republicans to draft ex-Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka into the U.S. Senate race continues to pick up steam.

Mike Ditka won't rule out U.S. Senate run

CHICAGO, July 12 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame football coach Mike Ditka says he's just a regular guy but that shouldn't rule him out as a replacement Illinois U.S. Senate candidate.

Mike Ditka to launch sportswear line

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The Illinois Republicans may be trying to entice former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka to run for Senate, but he's busy with his own sportswear collection.

Will Illinois GOP Draft Ditka for Senate?

CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Now that two leading potential candidates for U.S. Senate in Illinois have taken themselves out of the running some Republicans want to draft Mike Ditka.

Ryan: Keep Kerry divorce records sealed

CHICAGO, July 5 (UPI) -- Ex-GOP Senate hopeful Jack Ryan, whose campaign ended after his divorce records were opened to the public, said John F. Kerry's should stay sealed.

Ryan quits Illinois Senate race

CHICAGO, June 25 (UPI) -- Republican Jack Ryan Friday withdrew from the Illinois Senate race days after sex club allegations in his divorce papers torpedoed his campaign.

Ill. GOP senate nominee won't quit

CHICAGO, June 21 (UPI) -- Illinois Republican Senate nominee Jack Ryan vows to remain in the race despite allegations he asked his former wife to perform in sex clubs.

Edgar to head Bush Illinois campaign

CHICAGO, June 21 (UPI) -- Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has been named to head the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in a Midwest state where John Kerry is favored.

Ryan braces for release of divorce docs

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- A California judge has opted to make public several documents in the divorce case of U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan and former wife, actress Jeri Ryan.

Cheney speech to draw protesters

CHICAGO, June 4 (UPI) -- Security is tight for a political speech in Chicago by Vice President Dick Cheney at a fundraiser for Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan.

Democratic Senate nominee dogged by foe

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 21 (UPI) -- Barack Obama, Illinois' Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, finds his every move filmed and recorded up close by an aide to his GOP opponent.

Obama's lead down to 8 points in Ill.

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Illinois Democrat Barack Obama's lead over the GOP's Jack Ryan in the U.S. Senate race has narrowed to 8 points, a poll published Tuesday shows.
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Jack Ryan
U.S. Democratic Senate Candidate Barack Obama addresses the Rainbow Push annual convention ,Tuesday, June 29, 2004, in Chicago. Obama is running for Senate in Illinois, and his Republican opponent Jack Ryan recently withdrew from the race. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Jack Ryan (born October 6, 1959) is a Republican from the state of Illinois who was forced to withdraw from the 2004 United States Senate race due to an alleged sex scandal involving his relationship with his ex-wife, actress Jeri Ryan. His eventual replacement, Alan Keyes, would go on to lose the general election to State Senator and future President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Ryan spent his childhood in Wilmette, Illinois, with his five siblings, and attended New Trier High School. He graduated from high school in 1977 and went on to Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his JD from Harvard Law School. After this, he worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker and eventual partner, first in New York City, and then in the Chicago branch.

In 2000, after Goldman Sachs went public, Ryan's net worth was in the hundreds of millions. He retired from Goldman and taught part-time at an inner-city Chicago Catholic parochial school, Hales Franciscan High School. He later became a full-time teacher at the school. Currently, he is running a news media company, 22nd Century Media, which publishes six separate localized newspapers in the greater Chicago area.

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