Former Illinois Governor to live in Chicago half-way house

By WEEK Producer

January 22, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:09 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Former Illinois Governor George Ryan is due to be released from a federal prison in late January but just because he has been released from prison doesn't exactly mean he will be free to do as he wants.

He will be heading to a half-way house in Chicago.

The half-way house has been described as "dingy, dark and dirty". The man who described it like that is Scott Fawell, who was sent to that same half-way house after he got out of federal prison.

Scott Fawell is Ryan's former Chief of Staff, who served more than four years himself for Ryan-related crimes. Fawell says Ryan will be comfortable in some ways, but he will also be told he has to find a job.

"It will be the first time he's worn his own clothes in six years, he'll be able to have a wallet, have some cash, a wallet, you know, things you don't have for a while if you've been gone for a while, things that feel good when you'd got them back," said Fawell. "And you have to bring back a paycheck every week or two to give 25 percent of your gross to the halfway house."

After a short time, Ryan will be allowed to begin transitioning to the Kankakee home he left in November of 2007. However, even then he will be called day and night by parole officers to make sure he is where he is supposed to be.

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