Illinois

Illinois State Senator Caught Trying to Carry Gun onto Plane

He's seeking the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr.

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State Sen. Donne Trotter, who is seeking the congressional seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., was arrested this morning at O'Hare International Airport for attempting to board a plane with an unloaded handgun and a clip with six bullets, officials said.

Trotter, a Chicago Democrat who has served in the state legislature since 1988, was charged with a Class 4 felony, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.

A Chicago police officer responded to a call of a handgun that showed on an X-ray machine at Checkpoint No. 2 in Terminal 1 around 7 a.m., police said. When police and an agent from the Transportation Security Administration realized the bag belonged to Trotter, they escorted him to a nearby room to interview him, police said.