Former Governor Ryan a free man

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Former Governor George Ryan is now officially a free man.

He was convicted in 2006 of racketeering and fraud, and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

He was released from prison in Terre Haute, Ind. on January 31, 2013, and has spent the last five months confined at his home in Kankakee. He will still have to complete one year of court supervision.

He signed paperwork that ended his prison sentence at a Salvation Army Half-way House on Chicago’s West Side at about 7:30am Wednesday. He left the facility by 7:45am.

“He was very appreciative of everything, the support that staff here gave him. Again, he’s just very happy to put this behind him and move on with his life,” said Bob Ciulla, Operations Manager at the Salvation Army.

The release comes one day earlier than his scheduled parole date of Thursday, July 4th, because of the holiday.

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