George Ryan

Former Gov. George Ryan addresses reporters the night before he left for prison. (Credit: CBS)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Imprisoned ex-Gov. George Ryan is scheduled to be released to a Chicago halfway house next week.

Ryan is expected to leave prison Jan. 30 through a work release program and will live in a halfway house on the West Side, his attorneys say.

The federal Bureau of Prisons website lists Ryan’s official release date as July 4.

Ryan, 78, is serving a 61/2-year sentence in Terre Haute, Ind., for a 2006 corruption conviction.

Ryan was convicted of steering state contracts and leases to insiders in exchange for vacations and gifts while he was in office.

He was accused of stopping an investigation into state employees accepting bribes in exchange for issuing truck driver’s licenses.

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