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Former Illinois Governor George Ryan Released From Prison

Ryan was sent to a halfway house early Wednesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Written by Morgan Delack

Illinois residents can no longer say there are two former governors in prison.

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George Ryan arrived at a halfway house on Chicago’s west side early Wednesday morning after being released from an Indiana federal prison, the Chicago Tribune reports.

WMAQ-TV reports Ryan was silent and dressed in a suit and tie as he entered the halfway house. He is not allowed to speak to the media until he leaves the home in July.  

The 78-year-old spent more than five years in prison for federal corruption charges after leaving the governor’s office.

Ryan requested early release from prison in 2010, partially because his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A judge denied his request, but he was allowed to be by her side when she passed away in January of 2011. 

Ryan isn't the first governor to be convicted on corruption charges. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is currently serving a 14 year sentence for corruption while in office. 

What do you think can be done about corruption in Illinois politics? Weigh in on the comments and discuss with your neigbors.

Buford Pusser January 30, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Congrats George!
Jean Kuhn January 30, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I believe when you choose to be a public servant, and you are caught being corrupt cheating the taxpayers to line your own pockets, Five years doesn't even begin to make up for that. I think he should have gotten more time.
Buford Pusser January 31, 2013 at 03:01 AM
He served too much time!

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