West Loop Halfway house in 5 months for George Ryan?

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The Kankakee Journal is reporting that former Illinois Gov. George Ryan will be finishing his sentence for corruption in about five months at a West Loop halfway house.

Ryan is serving a 6 1/2 year sentence in the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., on a corruption conviction. He’s eligible for parole July 4, 2013, but has been trying to secure early release for several years, including his most recent failed bid Monday.

Lawyers for Ryan, who is nearing the end of his sentence, had argued last month that prosecutors had failed to prove he took bribes. But in a 16-page ruling issued Monday, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, denying the 78-year-old Republican’s appeal.

The Journal report says Ryan would be staying at the Salvation Army Freedom Center in the 100 block of South Ashland Avenue, though the Federal Bureau of Prisons refused to comment.

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