George Ryan woke up Thursday morning, not in a halfway house, but in his own home.
Reporters met the former Governor as he arrived Wednesday at a Salvation Army facility on the Near West Side; he was expected to complete his corruption sentence there.
Instead, just hours later, the Federal Bureau of Prisons cleared Ryan to return to his home in Kankakee under strict terms of home confinement.
A law enacted while Ryan was in prison allows for home confinement for ex-cons over 55, people with medical issues and people who committed non-violent crimes.
If Ryan abides by the terms of his home confinement, his sentence will be completed in early July, and he’ll be a free man.