Tezak gets brief reprieve before heading to prison

JOLIET – A former Will County Coroner is getting a brief reprieve before heading to prison.

The (Joliet) Herald-News reported Robert Tezak got a temporary stay from a federal judge as he appeals. He was schedule to report to prison Tuesday, but is now set to begin serving a four-month sentence in early September.

The one-time Republican powerbroker was sentenced to prison for not paying restitution in arson cases. Court documents say he now owes almost $3.4 million in restitution, fines and interest.

Tezak was convicted of setting fire to two buildings he owned in Joliet in order to collect insurance money. He was released from prison in 2002 and ordered to pay restitution.

Tezak was Will County coroner from 1976 until 1988.