Former Illinois Governor will be let out of prison early

By WEEK Producer

Former Illinois Governor will be let out of prison early

August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 10:50 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- In less than six months, former Governor George Ryan's new home will be a halfway house in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Ryan's attorney confirmed to the Kankakee Daily Journal that Ryan has qualified for work release five months before his July fourth parole date.

That means the former Governor, who is serving a six and a half year sentence on corruption charges, will be working days and likely returning to the Salvation Army Freedom Center on South Ashland Avenue at night.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said he cannot confirm Ryan's projected work release date, but said Ryan has been eligible for release in July.

On Monday, a Federal Appeals court rejected Ryan's attempts to get his conviction overturned.