Edward R. Vrdolyak, the former powerful Chicago alderman and polarizing politician who has been under federal scrutiny in connection with a multimillion-dollar real estate deal, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud and bribery charges, authorities announced today.I'm sure Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, as is his custom, is heading for the deep bunker to avoid the media this afternoon. If somebody finds him today, they can ask him about his attempt to get Vrdolyak elected Chicago major in 1987, a fact he doesn't advertise.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Vrdolyak was indicted "for allegedly scheming with cooperating businessman Stuart Levine to obtain a kickback for Levine from the sale of a building in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood for a condominium development," the office said in a statement.
"The alleged scheme was intended to defraud a north suburban medical school of money and property and of the honest services of Levine, who served on the medical school's board of trustees."
The lawyer, one-time Cook County Democratic chairman and mayoral candidate known as "Fast Eddie" has been linked to indicted Republican insider Levine, who is cooperating with authorities in his own corruption cases that stemmed from "Operation Board Games."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Rod's former boss indicted
"Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak has been indicted.