Former Illinois Governor George Ryan will be getting out of prison early after all.  Ryan will be freed in February as part of a work-release program.  He'll reportedly be housed at a half-way house in Chicago once he's released.  The former governor is rounding out a six-and-a-half year sentence for corruption and is scheduled to be paroled in July of 2013.

His legal team has been pushing for an early release on several fronts, but was just recently denied by an appeals court in Chicago.  The courts also rejected pleas for early release during the illness of his wife, who died last year.  Ryan was convicted of federal corruption in 2006 and sentenced to six and a half years in prison.


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