Ex-Chicago Ald. 'Fast Eddie' Vrdolyak seeks prison release over COVID concerns

Former Chicago Alderman Ed Vrdolyak guilty plea entered in March 2019

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U.S. District Judge Robert Dow told lawyers last year "I am not going to send Mr. Vrdolyak to prison during COVID."

CHICAGO -- A former Chicago alderman convicted of tax evasion has sought an early release from prison due to his age, medical conditions and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge.

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Attorneys for Edward Vrdolyak filed an emergency petition Friday, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Attorneys said the 84-year-old suffers from medical conditions including dementia and has a compromised immune system that would put him at higher risk for severe illness or death.

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The motion seeks that his sentence be reduced to time served.

A hearing for the motion has not been set.

Vrdolyak began serving his sentence in November after several delays related to the pandemic. He's a former Chicago alderman nicknamed "Fast Eddie" for his backroom dealing.

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He pleaded guilty in March 2019 to a tax charge alleging that he obstructed an IRS investigation into payments to and from his friend and associate related to Illinois' $9.3 billion settlement with tobacco companies in the late 1990s. Prosecutors said Vrdolyak had been paid at least $12 million in fees stemming from the settlement even though he did no legal work on the case.