Former Ald. Ed Vrdolyak released from prison and moved to Downers Grove halfway house

CHICAGO (SCS) — Former Ald. Ed Vrdolyak was released from federal prison, having spent approximately five months of his 18-month sentence in a medical prison in Minnesota, and is currently completing his sentence in a halfway house in Downers Grove.

Vrdolyak, 84, had been sentenced to 18 months in December 2020 on federal tax evasion charges related to millions of dollars in payments he and a friend received from the state’s $9 billion settlement with tobacco companies. But, due to Vrydolyak’s age and health and the pandemic, a federal judge delayed sending him to jail until last November.

According to the US Bureau of Prisons, Vrdolyak is currently being held in a federal halfway house in Downers Grove. His sentence is due to end in March 2023.

Vrdolyak pleaded guilty in 2019 to seeking to help another lawyer evade payment of around $800,000 in income taxes. The scheme was part of a scheme to siphon off millions of dollars in legal fees stemming from the tobacco settlement, even though he did no legal work on the case.

Vrdolyak served 10 months in federal prison in 2011 as part of a $1.5 million real estate kickback scheme. In the mid-1980s, he led a bloc of aldermen strongly opposed to Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, and then focused on his law practice.


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