The former governor is currently under house arrest serving a corruption sentence. Ryan’s home is located 31 miles from Frankfort, in Kankakee.
Ryan’s attorney, former Governor James Thompson, told WLS-TV that Ryan was taking advantage of a probation department rule allowing low-risk prisoners to visit public places on weekends. However, Kristine Phillips, a chief probation officer for the northern district of Illinois, said that such arrangements can only be made on a prisoner-to-prisoner basis.
For details, check out the original report on WLS-TV's website.