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Ryan at home in home confinement

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT
This halfway house seen Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, on Chicago's near West Side is where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is believed to be headed for Wednesday, Jan. 30 after his release from a Terre Haute, Ind., prison. Ryan was convicted in 2006 on corruption charges and began serving his sentence in November 2007. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — George Ryan is back at his family home in north-central Illinois where he'll be under home confinement.

The former Illinois governor was released from an Indiana prison Wednesday after serving more than five years for corruption.

But in a move that took many by surprise, he was allowed to travel on to his Kankakee home shortly after arriving at a halfway house in Chicago.

His attorney, Jim Thompson, says Ryan will still be subject to strict rules at home. He can't leave his house and he can't speak to the media.

Thompson says officials decided Ryan didn't require the services halfway houses provide. Those services include making sure ex-cons can use a checkbook.

Thompson says Ryan was given retirement status and won't be required to find a job.

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