State Senator Donne Trotter is out on bail after being charged with trying to board an aircraft with a gun and ammunition. On Thursday, he spoke about his political intentions.
“I intend on staying in the race at this time and will continue to campaign for the people of the Second District,” Trotter said.
“On advice of my attorney, I can’t respond to any questions addressing what’s going through the court system at this time,” Trotter said. […]
Only days ago, Democratic party insiders told ABC7 that Senator Trotter was the odds-on favorite to win the party’s endorsement to be the replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. Now that Trotter faces a felony weapons charge, that has clouded his political future. […]
“Until there is something that points to him being guilty, people made promises to him so they are not going to cut and run,” U of I Institute of Government & Public Affairs Professor Cedric Herring said. “They are going to support someone who has the political power.”
* But another university political scientist had this to say…
The charge does not bode well for Trotter’s congressional run, said Jeffrey Hill, chair of the political science department at Northeastern Illinois University.
“For someone who was arguably the front-runner in the campaign, this could only increase the probability he’ll face good competition,” Hill said.
This is a good example of how reporters can find any university “expert” to say whatever the reporters want them to say for their stories. I usually just skip over those sorts of comments, but it’s useful to see the contrast here, for illustrative purposes if nothing else.
* Gov. Pat Quinn was reserved in his comments yesterday…
Gov. Pat Quinn said the fate of a Chicago lawmaker charged with bringing a gun to O’Hare International Airport should play out in the courts.
The governor declined to say Thursday whether state Sen. Donne Trotter should be removed from office.
* Quote of the day…
As he walked down a hallway with his lawyers, he told one reporter that he doesn’t give a flying whatever you ask me. When asked if he is still running, Trotter said “from you.”
* Meanwhile, Phil Kadner reports that Trotter may have violated a city ordinance…
(A)ccording to the Chicago Police Department, while Trotter did have a firearm owners identification card, required by state law, and a permanent employee registration card, required to work as a security guard or private detective, he did not register his handgun in Chicago.
“Even police officers who live in Chicago are required to register their guns,” a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said.
“Anyone who lives in the city and owns a gun is required to register that gun.”
* But the NRA’s Todd Vandermyde had this to say in comments about the issue…
The city tried forcing private security and detectives to do that [register their guns], it went to court and they lost. they came back to the legislature and tried to change the law and it went nowhere. The City spokesman is wrong.
* Hotline Sort: Scorecard for Illinois-02 Special Election
* Arrest Not Derailing Trotter’s Plans to Replace JJJr
* Arrest raises questions on Trotter’s job at security firm with city deal
* Quinn: Trotter’s fate should be left to courts
* State senator in O’Hare gun case freed on bond
* Mitchell: Where is Sandi Jackson?
* Former Cissna Park village clerk arrested
* Person On The Street - Westbound on Madison Street from Austin to Central: In light of the bank fraud indictment against state Rep. LaShawn Ford, do you think he should resign his seat or fight to the end?
* Ford says he’ll fight bank fraud charges, supporters mount defense - Indicted state rep heads to court next week