George Ryan returns home to Kankakee

By WEEK Producer

January 30, 2013 Updated Oct 28, 2013 at 4:29 AM CDT

KANKAKEE, Ill. -- Former Illinois Governor George Ryan has been released from federal prison after serving six years on corruption charges.

Despite earlier reports, the 79-year-old Ryan will not be spending time at a Chicago half-way house. Instead, after spending about an hour checked into the Chicago facility, he was driven to his home in Kankakee, Illinois.

At least for the time-being, he is confined to the inside of the house. He still has six months to serve of his prison sentence.

Relatives, including some of his grandchildren, were seen arriving at the house after Ryan arrived there. Ryan's attorney, former Governor Jim Thompson, said Ryan was not getting preferential treatment.

"I think it was a wise decision on the part of the Bureau of Prisons, but it's not something I asked for or something he asked for, so it is in no way preferential treatment," said Thompson. "He's confined to the inside of his house, unless he has specific prior written permission from the Bureau of Prisons to leave."

Ryan will be subject to periodic checks from his counselor to make certain he is at home. Spokespeople for the halfway house said Ryan will be "vigorously monitored."