Ed Vrdolyak Reports To Prison

CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Ald. Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak has reported to federal prison to serve his sentence for mail fraud.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday that Vrdolyak arrived at the prison camp at Terre Haute, Ind., to begin serving a 10-month sentence for a mail fraud conviction. It is the same prison where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is serving his 6 1/2 year sentence for corruption.

Vrdolyak, 72, got his “Fast Eddie” nickname for his skills as a backroom political dealmaker. He originally received a probation sentence for receiving kickbacks, but was resentenced after prosecutors appealed his original sentence.

Defense attorney Michael Monico said that Vrdolyak was in good spirits when he reported and is looking forward to rejoining his family.

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