Tank, Urlacher wrote Vrdolyak letters

November 13, 2009 The former Chicago alderman got five years' probation after pleading guilty to charges he tried to get an illegal fee for a real estate deal.

Urlacher's letter said in part, "During some of the most stressful times of my life, the advice he has given me has been of infinite value.

"It is clear to anyone lucky enough to know him that all his actions are motivated by good intentions," Urlacher continued.

In his letter, Johnson told the judge, "My relationship with Mr. Vrdolyak had a direct result in my turning my life around."

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