CHICAGO — A Logan County man has filed three years of Illinois tax returns after the Illinois attorney general’s office filed a petition to revoke his probation for not doing so on time.

In 2009, Gaylon “Whitey” Harrell was convicted of willfully failing to file Illinois tax returns for 1996, 1997 and 1998. He was sentenced to 24 months of probation, a fine of $2,500, court costs and restitution.

Last week, Harrell filed the returns after a hearing before Logan County Judge William Yoder. Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed a petition to revoke the probation for failing to comply with the conditions of his probation.

The judge extended his probation for six months.

“I’m gratified that the courts have worked with us to ensure that Mr. Harrell follows the law and files his taxes,” said Illinois Department of Revenue Director Brian Hamer. “Illinois residents understand that paying taxes is a shared responsibility and it works when everyone pays their fair share.”

In his trial, Harrell, a resident of rural Latham, argued that the Illinois tax code was unfair and illegal.

Phone calls to Harrell seeking comment were not returned.

“This enforcement action demonstrates that the state will take any necessary action to ensure that the tax laws are upheld and that individuals who fail to comply are held accountable,” Madigan said in a news release.

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