Chicago Heights alderman found guilty of battery

2013-07-02T19:46:00Z 2013-07-02T21:01:16Z Chicago Heights alderman found guilty of batteryBy Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 02, 2013 7:46 pm  • 

MARKHAM | A Chicago Heights alderman will be sentenced later this summer after being found guilty of battery at a local school facility.

Cook County Judge Thomas J. Carroll found 5th Ward Alderman Richard Amadio guilty on Monday of a misdemeanor count of battery following a bench trial.

Amadio faced the misdemeanor charge for a Feb. 21 incident at a warehouse at 1110 W. End Ave. that is used by Chicago Heights School District 170.

Police said at the time of the arrest in March that Amadio grabbed an oil can from an employee at the warehouse, causing the employee’s thumb to bend back far enough that the thumb was broken.

Amadio is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Aug. 1. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office said Tuesday that Amadio could get up to a year in the county jail, but that probation is a more likely option in this particular case.

School district officials had no comment Tuesday about either the incident or the verdict in Amadio’s case.

Amadio, who has been a member of the City Council for two years, is  a former member of the District 170 School Board. He also served as president of the Chicago Heights Park District.

He also is a former member of the Chicago Heights Fire Department, retiring in 2009.

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