Illinois Senator in court on gun charges

By WEEK Producer

Illinois Senator in court on gun charges

December 12, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:14 AM CDT

CHICAGO -- Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter, who was arrested for trying to carry a gun onto an airplane at O'Hare Airport, went to court Wednesday to try to get the charges dropped.

That did not happen. Instead, prosecutors were given more time to take their case before a Grand Jury.

Trotter reportedly has a license to carry the 25-caliber Beretta and says he forgot it was in his bag when he tried to get on a flight to Washington DC. Trotter's attorney says the Senator is being targeted by prosecutors.

"All of a sudden, we have the special prosecutions unit handling a relatively minor case," said Attorney Thomas Durkin.

Trotter remains free on $25,000 bond.

This is putting something of a cloud about Trotter's attempt to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as Congressman for Illinois' 2nd District. Democrats will meet Saturday to endorse the candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, and Trotter remains a favorite to replace Jackson.

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