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Cicero town collector accused of battery will be ‘vindicated’: lawyer

Frances Reitz

Frances Reitz

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Updated: September 17, 2013 7:56AM

The Cicero elected official accused of two misdemeanors will be “vindicated in court,” her attorney said.

Frances “Fran” Reitz, Cicero’s town collector, was charged with battery and resisting a peace officer after a July 31 incident at a Naperville home. She allegedly hit an officer’s arm away with her hand and tried to push herself away from the officer when he tried to remove her from the home. Officers had responded to a call for a well-being check at the home, police said.

“She was in no way at fault,” said Barry Pechter, Reitz’s attorney. “She did nothing wrong and we truly believe she will be vindicated in court.”

He added: “The charge had nothing to do with her public office. She was on her own private time in a place far away.”

Pechter, a Palos Hills attorney, once worked for the Town of Cicero in the internal affairs department, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

He said he stopped working for the town in November 2012.

“Otherwise, I currently wouldn’t be representing” Reitz, he said.

Also charged in the Naperville fracas is Anthony Garcia, who is a mechanic for Cicero and town President Larry Dominick’s brother-in-law. He’s accused of felony aggravated battery to an officer and misdemeanor resisting a peace officer. He allegedly jumped on the back of a police officer and pushed the officer and Reitz to the ground, Naperville Police said.

Ray Hanania, the Cicero spokesman, did not return calls or emails from a reporter seeking information about the town’s response to the charges against the elected official and town employee.

Contributing:Jon Seidel

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