CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Governor George Ryan is one step closer to going to prison next week.
The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago today denied Ryan's request that he be allowed to remain free on bond until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to consider his case.
That means he'll have to go to prison next week unless the high court grants him bond.
A federal judge last week set a November Seventh deadline for Ryan to start serving his six and a half year prison sentence.
The 73-year-old Republican has been out on bail since he was convicted in April 2006 of steering state contracts to friends, using tax dollars to run his campaigns and covering up drivers license bribery.