View Full Version : George Ryan, (R) - Former Illinois Governor Is Freed From Prison

01-30-2013, 08:13 PM

George Ryan was released from a federal prison in the dark on Wednesday morning, and Illinois became a state with only one former governor behind bars.

By daybreak, news cameramen were already taking down their equipment in front of a Chicago halfway house, where Mr. Ryan made a brief stop before being placed under house arrest. Mr. Ryan is only allowed to leave his home in Kankakee, Ill., for approved outings like medical appointments until his sentence officially ends in July.

It was a morning not too unusual for people living in a state that has grown familiar with the sight of convicted politicians.

“I think they’re used to it,” said Don Rose, a longtime political consultant in Chicago. “They barely pay any attention to that.”