State Sen. Donne Trotter pleads guilty to misdemeanor, gets supervision
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org April 24, 2013 11:24AM
A police mugshot of state Sen. Donne Trotter
Updated: May 28, 2013 7:46PM
State Sen. Donne Trotter was sentenced to one year of court supervision Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct for trying to bring a gun onto an airplane at O’Hare Airport.
Trotter, who was considered one of the front-runners in the race for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s 2nd District U.S. House seat until he dropped out, made no comment before Cook County Judge Charles Burns or after the hearing.
As part of the plea deal, Trotter has to perform 60 hours of community service. He also plans to talk about gun safety while serving his sentence, said Thomas Durkin, Trotter’s attorney.
Durkin said the state’s attorney’s disposition to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor was “fair and appropriate.”
“We’re very happy this is behind us,” Durkin said as the bow-tie wearing Trotter, 63, looked on.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office had no comment on the reduced charge, other than to say that the terms of the plea agreement speak for itself.
Trotter was caught with a .25-caliber gun in his luggage at O’Hare on Dec. 5.
Authorities said the weapon and ammunition were inside a black leather suit bag. Trotter explained he had worked a security job the night before and had forgotten the gun and ammunition were in his bag.
The misdemeanor will have no affect on his state Senate job.
Days after the incident, Trotter vowed to stay in 2nd Congressional District race.
Two weeks later, he announced he was bowing out because he didn’t want to “tarnish the election.”
“The thing is many people think I can still win the election,” Trotter said at a news conference explaining his decision. “This election is not about me. This election is about putting together the best plan, the best people and the strongest people for the 2nd Congressional District that is suffering. There is not a cloud over me. There is a cloud over this district . . .”