UPDATE: The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office says state Sen. Donne Trotter has been charged with a felony for allegedly trying to board an aircraft with a weapon.
Spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said Wednesday that the Chicago Democrat was charged with a Class 4 felony. Simonton wouldn’t reveal any more information. Trotter is expected in Cook County bond court on Thursday. A Chicago police report shows state Sen. Donne Trotter told authorities he had a handgun at O’Hare International Airport because he uses the weapon for work as a security officer.
The report says that Trotter explained to authorities at the airport that he had the handgun and bullet in a garment bag he uses to work for All Points Security. Trotter told police he worked late Tuesday night and did not realize the weapon was in the bag when he packed for his Wednesday morning flight. Trotter was charged Wednesday with a felony count of trying to board an aircraft with a firearm.
Trotter is due in Cook County bond court on Thursday. He has not responded to messages left seeking comment on his cell phone and with his office.
Trotter recently announced that he would run for U.S. Congress, seeking the seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Trotter previously ran for Congress in 2000.
Messages left for Trotter seeking comment were not immediately returned.
The 62-year-old served in the Illinois House from 1988 to 1993. Since then he has been a member of the Illinois Senate. (AP)