'Fast Eddie' Takes Community Service to a Whole 'Nother Level

Meanwhile, prosecutors ask for jail time for the legendary politico

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Thursday, Oct 14, 2010  |  Updated 9:03 AM CDT
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Former Ald. Ed Vrdolyak | Indicted: 2007. Earlier this year, Vrdolyak was sentenced to five years probation, a $50,000 fine and 2,500 hours of community service for arranging a $1.5 million payoff in a real estate deal when he was still in office. "Fast Eddie," as he was called, is known for the Council Wars that challenged Harold Washington's first term as mayor.

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When you think of community service, picking up garbage or helping the homeless may come to mind.

Not for infamous former Chicago Alderman Ed “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak, who has has taken community service to a whole ‘nother level, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Vrdolyak, who was convicted of fraud last year, has performed 1,750 hours of community service -- two thirds of his sentence -- by organizing a star-studded fundraiser at Gibson’s famed steakhouse and recruiting friends to donate time and money to a DuPage County charity, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The legendary political insider is working with the Illinois State Crime Commission-Police Athletic League of Illinois, a charity that works with law enforcement to help needy children and veterans. 

The charity’s executive director, Jerry Elsner told the Tribune Vrdolyak’s networking helped produce its best year and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy coats for poor children. 

Vrdolyak was ordered to perform community service as part of a probation sentence for a fraud conviction last year, but prosecutors appealed the sentence.  An appeals court has ruled that he be re-sentenced in U.S. District Court Friday. Prosecutors are asking for  3 1/2 years prison time.

Read the whole report in the Chicago Tribune.

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