12/20/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

So Much For Cooperation: Rezko Still In Solitary Confinement

It was a memorable moment in the run-up to the corruption trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko when the onetime political high roller complained to a judge that he had to share underwear at Chicago's federal jail.

Rezko, used to a cushy life in his Wilmette mansion, had been locked in solitary confinement 23 hours a day in the downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center. His attorneys called conditions at the high-rise jail "disgusting" and said Rezko never got to breathe fresh air.

So now that word has circulated that Rezko is considering cooperating in the federal probe of corruption in state government, all that has changed, right? Clean linen, better magazines, an extra scoop of ice cream after dinner?

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