Former Illinois Governor George Ryan released from prison

By WEEK Producer

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan released from prison

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM CDT

KANKAKEE, Ill. -- Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was released from prison on Wednesday.

Ryan arrived at his home in Kankakee Wednesday morning after spending more than five years in an Indiana federal prison on corruption charges.

The 78-year-old was released five months before his prison term officially ended.

Ryan was convicted in 2006 of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

Ryan was originally supposed to spend time in a Chicago halfway house but according to his attorney and friend Former Governor Jim Thompson, corrections officials were comfortable sending him home.

Ryan's release means that now only one former Illinois governor is behind bars, his successor Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year term for corruption at a federal prison in Colorado.

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