Former Governor George Ryan Released from Prison

ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- The number of former Illinois governors serving time, has been cut in half. Tonight, George Ryan will sleep in his home for the first time in five years.

Ryan was taken to a halfway home early this morning and made it to his house in Kankakee before noon.

He was accompanied by his attorney and another former governor, Jim Thompson. Thompson says Ryan is glad to be out and surrounded by his grandchildren. You may recall Ryan was sentenced to six and a half years for steering state business to insiders in exchange for kickbacks. He'll be confined to his home for a year and a half.


A lawyer says former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from a halfway house and is back at home in Kankakee.

Ryan was released from a federal prison in Terra Haute, Ind., early Wednesday and traveled to the halfway house in Chicago. He didn't speak to the media as he walked into the halfway house.

Attorney Jim Thompson says Ryan was released from the halfway house a short time later. Thompson, also a former Illinois governor, traveled with Ryan to his home in Kankakee, where he will remain in home confinement.

Speaking from Ryan's living room, Thompson said Ryan was beaming and surrounded by his smiling grandchildren.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Gov. Jim Thompson says George Ryan is in "decent spirits" after being released from the federal prison where he served more than five years on corruption charges.

Thompson accompanied the former Illinois governor on his trip from the lock-up in Terre Haute, Ind., to Chicago, where Ryan reported to a halfway house early Wednesday. Ryan wore a suit and tie as he walked into the facility. He was unable to speak to the media because he's still in custody.

Thompson says Ryan was mostly quiet on the drive to Chicago, although he talked about how good it was to be out.

Thompson says the Ryan will have to adjust to being outside prison. He says Ryan doesn't yet have a job lined up as required by his release.

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