CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says former Gov. George Ryan served his sentence and it's time to move forward.
Quinn spoke Wednesday at an unrelated news conference, the same day Ryan left an Indiana prison. The former governor was released after serving more than five years on wide-ranging corruption charges.
Quinn says Ryan's corruption case marks a very sad chapter in Illinois history. Quinn specifically mentioned the Rev. Scott Willis and his wife Janet, who lost six children in the accident that helped trigger the Ryan investigation.
Ryan left the federal facility in Terre Haute, Ind. for a Chicago halfway house. Hours later he left to be confined at his house in Kankakee.
Ryan was convicted in 2006 of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
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