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Ryan Returns Home to Kankakee
Former Gov. George Ryan will serve out the remaining five months of his sentence at his home in Kankakee. Ryan reported to a halfway house this morning on Chicago's west side after being released from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where he spent more than five years. He was sent home to serve the rest of his time on home confinement.
It was a nonstop trip from Terre Haute, with a brief detour to drive down Michigan Avenue and see some sights that Ryan hasn't seen in more than five years.
"He's in decent spirits," former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson said. "Obviously, it's such a stark change from penitentiary life that he's got to become accustomed again to seeing things outside, but that will go quickly."
While Ryan is on home confinement, he will be required to stay home except for when he goes to work, if the 78-year-old is able to secure a job.
Right now, it's not clear if he will be required to find employment. That will be determined by the Bureau of Prisons.