Dan Irving Expands on Questions: Will Legal Woes Affect Council Work?

By Jen Christensen
By Maggie Vespa

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 7, 2011 at 10:26 PM CDT

He represents the largest and fastest growing district in the city of Peoria, and as you may already know, late last month he landed in legal hot water, charged with three felony counts of patronizing a prostitute.

We recently sat down with 5th district city councilman Dan Irving for an exclusive on-air interview, to talk about his current legal battle and what it means for his future with the city.

Late Friday afternoon, 5th District City councilman Dan Irving was tight-lipped about his legal troubles.

"Yeah, I'll stick to my council job. That's all I'm going to comment on," he said.

But, a week and a day after he was arrested and charged with three felony counts of patronizing a prostitute, Irving was very direct about one thing.

"I am not planning to resign," he said. "I am planning to stand up and address the concerns that have been raised."

Those concerns center around 18 year-old Jazzie Summers, real name Amanda Garren of Iowa.

She's currently in custody in her home state on unrelated charges.

Peoria county prosecutors allege Irving had sex with Summers three times between March and the end of June.

Irving's attorney Dan O'Day says he is working to prove his client was nowhere near Summers during that period.

Meanwhile, Irving, also amid a divorce trial with his estranged wife Amy, says his focus remains on his district, difficult as that may be.

"In a perfect world we all have enough time to get everything done. Don't get me wrong. I am busy, but I'm still getting concerns addressed. People need to rest assured I can do the job. I'm fully capable. So, as far as I'm concerned right now it's business as usual. We'll let the other legal process take it's path."

The next step in that path- Irving is due back on criminal court on August 31st.

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