Illinois lawmaker running for Congress out on bond after gun charge

FILE - This May 30, 2012 file photo shows Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The Cook County State's Attorney's office said Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, that Trotter has been charged with a felony for allegedly trying to board an aircraft with a weapon. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, FileCHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois state senator running for former Democratic U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress was released on bond on Thursday, following his arrest for trying to bring a gun onto an airplane. A Cook County judge set bail at $ 25,000 for Donne Trotter, 62, on the felony charge. Trotter, who has called the incident an honest mistake, posted bond and was released shortly afterward. If convicted, Trotter could face a sentence ranging from probation to up to four years in prison, according to prosecutors. …

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