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Former Chicago Alderman Ed Vrdolyak was indicted today on federal fraud and bribery charges.

Vrdolyak was once one of Chicago’s most powerful and infamous politicians.

Chicago Public Radio’s Sonari Glinton reports.


It’s been almost two decades since Ed Vrdolyak held power publicly.

After losing his bid for Mayor of Chicago, Vrdolyak moved from the public eye to backrooms.

That appears to be where he got into trouble.

The federal government alleges that Vrdolyak schemed to get kickbacks from the sale of the Dr. Scholl Podiatry School in the Gold Coast.

Vrdolyak was the former alderman of Chicago’s East Side 10th ward and the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

He’s probably most famous for leading the city council rebellion against the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.

The 69-year old Vrdolyak has been charged with one count each of mail fraud and bribery as well as two counts of wire fraud..

His arraignment hasn’t been scheduled.

I’m Sonari Glinton, Chicago Public Radio.

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