Ex-Chicago Alderman Seeks Early Prison Release Over COVID Concerns

Ex-Chicago Alderman Seeks Early Prison Release Over COVID Concerns

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago alderman convicted of tax evasion is seeking an early release from prison due to his age, health and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge.

Attorneys for Edward Vrdolyak filed an emergency petition Friday. He began serving his sentence in November after several delays related to the pandemic.

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 from COVID-19.

The motion seeks that his sentence be reduced to time served. A hearing for the motion has not been set. Vrdolyak pleaded guilty in March 2019.

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