A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a complex 16-page ruling Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption.
The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early. He is due to be freed in mid-2013.