Arrested Ill. senator continues bid for Congress

2012-12-07T17:45:00Z 2012-12-07T23:24:58Z Arrested Ill. senator continues bid for CongressThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 07, 2012 5:45 pm  • 

CHICAGO | An Illinois state senator accused of trying to board a flight with a gun and ammunition in his bag said he plans to continue his campaign for the congressional seat once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

Donne Trotter is facing a felony gun charge after being stopped by security at O'Hare International Airport.

Trotter was released on bond Thursday. He declined to discuss his arrest but said he intends to remain in the campaign so he can help residents in the 2nd Congressional District.

The 62-year-old Chicago Democrat has served in the Illinois Legislature since 1988. Prosecutors said he told airport security he uses the handgun for his job with a security company and had forgotten it was in his garment bag.

Trotter's senate district includes the 10th Ward and stretches into Calumet City and Lansing.

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