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UPDATED: Ex-Illinois Governor George Ryan released from halfway house

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Prison officials say George Ryan didn't get any special consideration when he was allowed to return home and skip staying at a halfway house after his release from prison.

The former Illinois governor left an Indiana prison Wednesday after serving more than five years for corruption. He stopped briefly at a Chicago halfway house. But in a surprise to many, he was allowed to travel on to his Kankakee home.

Bureau of Prisons' spokesman Chris Burke says Ryan's status wasn't factored in. He says rules prevent him from speaking about Ryan's specific case. But he says age and health are typically among the factors.

Ryan will be on home confinement until his term is officially completed July 4. He can only leave the house on rare occasions with prior permission.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A lawyer says former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from a halfway house and is back at home in Kankakee.

Ryan was released from a federal prison in Terra Haute, Ind., early Wednesday and traveled to the halfway house in Chicago. He didn't speak to the media as he walked into the halfway house.

Attorney Jim Thompson says Ryan was released from the halfway house a short time later. Thompson, also a former Illinois governor, traveled with Ryan to his home in Kankakee, where he will remain in home confinement.

Speaking from Ryan's living room, Thompson said Ryan was beaming and surrounded by his smiling grandchildren.

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PREVIOUSLY:
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from prison after serving more than five years for corruption.

The 78-year-old Republican arrived at a halfway house in Chicago early Wednesday after his release the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

Ryan qualified for early release five months before his term officially ended.

As governor, Ryan drew national attention by deeming the state's capital punishment laws flawed and emptying death row in 2003. That reignited a nationwide debate and eventually led Illinois to abolish its death penalty in 2011.

Jurors convicted Ryan in 2006 of steering state business to insiders in return for vacations and gifts.

Ryan's release means Rod Blagojevich is now the lone former Illinois governor behind bars. The Democrat is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

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