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Drunken driving case against TV’s Savini could be settled Tuesday

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Updated: February 3, 2014 6:08PM

WHEATON — A drunken driving and battery case against Chicago television reporter Dave Savini could be settled Tuesday morning, attorneys in the case said.

Jody Gleason, special prosecutor in the case, confirmed that a plea might be entered when the case is up for a status hearing at the DuPage County Courthouse.

Both she and Savini’s attorney, Terry Ekl of Naperville, said as much in open court Monday.

Savini, 47, a television reporter for CBS Channel 2 television, was charged Jan. 4 with drunken driving, battery and two other misdemeanors. He was arrested by Naperville Police shortly after a minor car accident and an altercation in a Taco Bell restaurant parking lot.

The two attorneys in the case were in court Monday before 18th Circuit Court Judge James Konetski, who ruled against allowing a camera in his courtroom Tuesday morning for the Savini hearing.

The request had been brought on behalf of the Chicago Tribune to have one camera, but Ekl filed an objection, saying it would be too disruptive, and Konetski agreed. Gleason said she did not object to the camera being there.

Gleason, who is first assistant in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office, was named to handle the case because DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said Savini is related to one of his assistants. That lawyer could have been called as a defense witness.

Savini, 47, lives on Naperville’s far south side. He has worked for CBS2 since July 2004.

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