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Felony charges dropped against former library board member once banned from libraries

Criminal charges have been dropped against Randy Hopp, the Elgin man who had served on the Gail Borden Public Library District Board even while being banned from otherwise entering that library.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has dropped felony charges of aggravated battery against Hopp stemming from a March 2011 incident in which Hopp allegedly struck his elderly father, LeRoy K. Hopp, in their home.

According to court documents, prosecutors conceded that they no longer had much evidence to support their case. They noted that Hopp’s father died late last year, and therefore cannot testify. And they said that the only other witness to the incident, Hopp’s mother, has changed her original account of what happened.

Hopp, 62, was hospitalized at the Chester Mental Health Center for awhile last summer after a jury ruled that he was not mentally fit to stand trial in the battery case.

Hopp has been banned from Gail Borden and two local college libraries for alleged mistreatment of library employees and other misbehavior inside the libraries.

But he won election to the Gail Borden Board of Trustees in 2009, a few months before the ban there went into effect, and was allowed to enter that building to attend board meetings.

He ran for the library district board again in last April’s general election but was defeated.

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