A state senator and congressional candidate arrested after trying to get a gun through security at O’Hare Airport is out on bail. A judge in Cook County set bond at $25,000 for State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago, pictured), who is charged with trying to board a flight with a gun and ammunition in a carry-on bag, a felony.
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Trotter's lawyer, Josh Herman, argued for reasonable bail citing Trotter's decades of public service and 26-year marriage. Trotter was released from custody a short time later.
Trotter refused to answer reporters' questions before walking away from the courthouse. Herman also refused to give any details. “I’m not going to provide any comment about the facts in the case, [or] what was said in court today from the state’s attorneys,” Herman said. He says they will “talk about the facts later on in the case” and that they were still trying to sort out the facts.
Trotter was going through security on Wednesday when an X-ray screening spotted an unloaded .25 caliber handgun and a clip with six bullets in his garment bag. According to police, Trotter said he worked as a security guard and had worked the night before. According to the prosecutors in the case the gun was not registered in Chicago, as required of Chicago residents, but Trotter does have a valid FOID card and a permit to carry the gun while on duty as a security guard as well as to and from the security job site.