Disgraced Ex-Governor
2:37 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

George Ryan Released From Prison

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was described as being in "decent spirits" after being released from the federal prison where he served more than five years on corruption charges.

George Ryan

Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson accompanied Ryan on the trip from the lock-up in Terre Haute, IN, to Chicago, where Ryan reported to a halfway house early Wednesday.

Feature about former Illinois politicians who have lived in halfway houses. Story produced by Alex Keefe of WBEZ in Chicago.

Ryan wore a suit and tie as he walked into the facility. He was unable to speak to the media because he's still in custody.

Thompson said Ryan was mostly quiet on the drive to Chicago, although he talked about how good it was to be out.

Thompson said the Ryan will have to adjust to being outside prison. He says Ryan doesn't yet have a job lined up as required by his release.

Thanks to the Illinois Associated Press

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