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One Hundred Percent Guilty: How an Insider Links the Death of Six Children to the Politics of Convicted Illinois Governor George Ryan Paperback – July 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439260672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439260678
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,731,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Hammer is a retired captain from the Department of Police, Illinois Secretary of State with 27 years experience as a sworn law enforcement officer. During his career, he primarily worked investigations on auto theft, identity theft and public corruption. Many of the public corruption cases involved state employees working in the driver's license services bureau who illegally issued driver's licenses and identification cards to identity thieves, drug dealers, undocumented aliens and underage drinkers. Those public corruption investigations culminated in a federal case now known as Operation Safe Roads resulting in the conviction 76 individuals. The testimony of Hammer and his partner, Russ Sonneveld, ultimately help convict former Illinois Governor George Ryan on charges of obstruction. Hammer has a B.A, in sociology. He likewise did graduate work in Public Administration and Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a Certified Fraud Specialist (Association of Certified Fraud Specialists.) Mr. Hammer can be contacted through his website, www.consulthammer.com.

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And I cant wait to get my hands on the book!!!
mihir98
It is a story that should be required reading for everyone in the state of Illinois who continues to vote crooks into power positions.
Mary T. Burke
This is a story that needed to be told and Hammer tells it well.
J. R. Padar

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. Lipe on September 2, 2010
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I served with Ed during my brief tenure with the Secretary of State Inspector General. Ed captures how a well run and organized agency crumbled under the heavy hand of polictical corruption. As I read the book, I was moved by the emotional passion of Ed Hammer as he sorted through the events which eventually changed the lives of every member of the department who were caught up in the polical machine of favortism, extortion and incompetence. This book would be an excellent work of study for anyone interested in corrupt politics and government that runs unchecked by external review and oversite. Well done Ed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. RIDINGS on September 14, 2010
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This book neatly tells the story of how George Ryan committed his crimes and covered them up. For more on George Ryan's lengthy criminal career BEFORE his "licenses for bribes" scandal, read the column in the Chicago Daily Observer [...] and also read the chapter on Ryan in the book "Len Small, Governors and Gangsters," on Amazon.com. Small and Ryan, both from Kankakee, were our most corrupt governors! I wrote the book on Small.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ed hammer on August 5, 2010
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Just finished 100% Guilty and I commend you for your perseverance. The book is well written and explains the complete process. I think it's now time to come up with a "Chicago style" Detective series. With your knowledge, background and imagination I feel you could really pull it off. Great job . . .
Jerry S.

I finished the book it was very good, sure explains why we all had trouble with those identity thefts and bogus Id cases we all had at that time. What a shame for all those who got hurt because of their policy.
Larry ... retired CPD detective

I just finished your wonderful book. It was enjoyable to read many of the names from the past and relive my experiences with them. I am not an authority on any book, but I found it easy to read and hard to put down . . . Congratulations on a super, well written book . . .
John . . . retired CPD detective

When can I have my book personalized by its famous author?
Terry . . . Illinois state investigator

"I'm about 2/3 of the way through, I'm having a hard time putting it down,
Nora B.

"Many people to this day contend that the corruption in the Ryan administration had nothing to do with the accident that killed the six Willis children in a fiery explosion. Hammer drives the point home that Ryan was responsible then and remains responsible for their deaths."
Phil Kadner, columnist SouthtownStar

"Hammer and Sonneveld are the hope we cling to amid all these corruption trials . . .They helped lead the U.S. attorney's office, along with some others, to the truth Ryan tried to hide."
Carol Marin, columnist, Chicago Suntimes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Padar on August 21, 2010
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This is a story that needed to be told and Hammer tells it well. No shrinking violet, Hammer names names and writes with meticulous detail. He includes documentation throughout the book. Here we see how the culture of corruption becomes so institutionalized that it almost becomes standard operating procedure. No redemption here... Ryan goes to jail believing that he is the victim. Alas,another Illinois governor is about to join him, screeching the same mantra. Is there any end in sight?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Seiler on October 12, 2010
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I have known the author for quite some time, being a retired police officer. Ed should have had someone check names of the people he writes about. He identifies James Dvorak, former undersherrif of Cook County as Mike Dvorak, Dave Tikusis of the Illinois State Police as Dave Tikus (even though it is pronounced as Tikus).

The book is fine, but is printed on heavy stock and is double spaced, making the book appear more than twice as thick as it ordinarily should have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mihir98 on August 21, 2010
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And I cant wait to get my hands on the book!!!
The guy is a retired captain, very articulate, and knows all the ins and outs of the George Ryan case and some of Blago's case as well!
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