Ryan was sentenced to 6 ½ years on Nov. 7, 2007. He compiled credit for good conduct, knocking 305 days off his sentence, Burke said.
Current Gov. Pat Quinn commented on Ryan’s release at a news conference Wednesday, citing the deaths of six children of the Willis family in an accident involving a trucker who apparently bought his license when Ryan was secretary of state. The fatal crash helped spark the Ryan investigation.
‘‘It’s a very, very sad chapter in Illinois,’’ Quinn said. ‘‘Justice had to be served. ... Mr. Ryan served his time and we’re moving forward.’’
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