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This halfway house on Chicago's West Side is where former Gov. George Ryan is believed to be headed for Wednesday after his release from a Terre Haute, Ind., prison.

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Former Gov. George Ryan leaves his Kankakee home with his wife, Lura Lynn, in 2007 as he prepares to report to prison. Lura Lynn Ryan died in 2011.

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When former Gov. George Ryan steps out of prison on Wednesday after serving five-plus years for corruption, he will return to a life altered by personal tragedy and to a state altered by his and his successor's legacy of corruption. Ryan, who is headed to a halfway house in Chicago, will encounter an Illinois that has enacted reforms meant to thwart the kind of wheeling and dealing the Republican was accused of engaging in. The state has also changed because of Ryan's legal actions as governor: Following his lead, Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
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    • This halfway house on Chicago’s West Side is where former Gov. George Ryan is believed to be headed for Wednesday after his release from a Terre Haute, Ind., prison.
    • Former Gov. George Ryan leaves his Kankakee home with his wife, Lura Lynn, in 2007 as he prepares to report to prison. Lura Lynn Ryan died in 2011.
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