Cops: Suspect arrested in Brother Rice teacher’s murder


January 24, 2014 8:28PM

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Updated: February 26, 2014 6:19AM

Orland Park police said Friday they have a suspect in custody in the stabbing death of Brother Rice High School business teacher Alan Filan.

Police said the suspect was an acquaintance of Filan, who was found dead Tuesday in the kitchen of his home in the southwest suburb.

“The investigation is continuing and at this time the identity of the suspect is not being released,” according to the news release announcing the arrest.

Officers found Filan, 61, dead on the kitchen floor about 10:35 a.m. He had been stabbed multiple times and also had what were described as “incise wounds,” according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police were called and asked to make a check on him after he failed to report for work, police said.

“I’m glad they’ve got somebody. It’s a terrible situation,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Filan taught at Brother Rice, in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, for nearly 40 years and was chairman of the school’s business studies department. He also coached soccer at Andrew High School in Tinley Park for more than 10 years through the 2009-10 school year.

Filan was a member of a politically active family. His older brother is longtime lobbyist William Filan, whose clients include the city of Chicago , and his younger sister, Denise Filan, is a Cook County judge assigned to the Bridgeview courthouse. He’s also a cousin of former state budget director John Filan.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is also involved in investigating the slaying.

Funeral arrangements for Filan are pending at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th St., Chicago Ridge.

Contributing: Mike Nolan

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