Ill. Dem Charged with ‘Attempting to Board an Aircraft with a Weapon’


State Senator Donne Trotter (D., Ill.) is expected to be formally charged today over an incident that occured yesterday in which Trotter attempted to bring a hand gun packed in his carryon through security at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, ABC local affiliate WLS-TV Chicago reports:

Trotter, a Democrat who has served in the state legislature since 1988, spent Wednesday night in police lockup.

According to police, Trotter was going through security at O’Hare Airport around 7 Wednesday morning when a Transportation Security Administration agent spotted a .25 caliber Beretta in his garment bag via x-ray. […]

Last week, Trotter announced he would seek the Congressional seat left open when Jesse Jackson Junior resigned– making him one of more than half a dozen contenders for the seat.