Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was released from a federal prison in Indiana early Wednesday, and will serve the rest of his 6 1/2 year sentence under house arrest, a move The Chicago Tribune described as a "surprise decision."
From the Tribune:
By 10:30 a.m., Ryan had an emotional reunion with 17 of his children and grandchildren at his longtime Kankakee home, according to his attorney, former Gov. Jim Thompson. Later in the day, Ryan's daughter, Jeanette, smiled as she left through a rear entrance. "We are very happy he's home," she said.
Home confinement for Ryan means he won't have to face weeks or months at the Salvation Army halfway house where many of the state's other disgraced politicians have had to take up residence.
(Photo credit: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/MCT)