Former Illinois Governor George Ryan Released From Prison

Ryan was sent to a halfway house early Wednesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Illinois residents can no longer say there are two former governors in prison.

George Ryan arrived at a halfway house on Chicago’s west side early Wednesday morning after being released from an Indiana federal prison, the Chicago Tribune reports.

WMAQ-TV reports Ryan was silent and dressed in a suit and tie as he entered the halfway house. He is not allowed to speak to the media until he leaves the home in July.  

The 78-year-old spent more than five years in prison for federal corruption charges after leaving the governor’s office.

Ryan requested early release from prison in 2010, partially because his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A judge denied his request, but he was allowed to be by her side when she passed away in January of 2011. 

Ryan isn't the first governor to be convicted on corruption charges. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is currently serving a 14 year sentence for corruption while in office. 

What do you think can be done about corruption in Illinois politics? Weigh in on the comments and discuss with your neigbors. 

Thomas Glen Rowe January 30, 2013 at 04:56 PM
I served on a committee with Mr. Ryan when I was the Legislative Chairman for the Automotive Service Association. Our duty was to assist in the advice of how to reduce auto theft in Illinois. This was before all his troubles. He was a very nice and respectful man based on what I knew of him. I do think that there are many people going into the political arena with the belief that they really can make a difference. Some get frustrated and leave, others just hang on, and some get caught up in the unethical side of it all. Even good people make bad choices and must suffer the consequence of their decisions. I do feel that it is unfair however to label all politicians as crooks and uncaring. I think term limits would help.
Catherine Peters January 30, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I'll tell you who cares.....I care. I am one of George Ryan's victims, and I want to know when I get "released". I was smashed by one of those trucks whose driver had one of Ryan's bribed licenses. That was 15 years ago, and I have never had a moment free of pain or a day of "normalcy" since then. I had to re-learn how to walk, how to talk, how to balance. I had to relearn almost every life skill. I lost my well-paying job. I lost the life that I had built for myself over 44 years. His greed directly resulted in a life that for me still includes seizures and unremitting pain. I need injections in order to walk. So now he is free. He has "paid" for his crime. I will never be free of the consequences of his crime. There is no justice here on earth. But I am still better off than Ryan will ever be, because he has not admitted his guilt, repented of his crimes or asked forgiveness from his victims. My pain will end when I enter the next life. His judgement will continue when he enters his.
JOHN WOZNIAK January 30, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Paul Shafer January 30, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Catherine - sincerest hopes that things somehow get better for you over time.
teriilyn josesphsen January 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM
George Ryan... Burn. ..Burn like those 6 children in that van did. Burn in hell !!!


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