Arrested Ill. senator continues bid for Congress

December 7, 2012 - 10:33 AM
Illinois Lawmaker Gun Charge

Illinois State State Sen. Donne Trotter leaves the Cook County Jail complex after posting bond Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Chicago. Trotter was charged Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2012 with a felony count for allegedly trying to board a flight at O'Hare International Airport with a weapon and ammunition in a carry-on bag. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator accused of trying to board a flight with a gun and ammunition in his bag says he plans to continue his campaign for the congressional seat once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

Donne Trotter is facing a felony gun charge after being stopped by security at O'Hare International Airport.

Trotter was released on bond Thursday. He declined to discuss his arrest but says he intends to remain in the campaign so he can help residents in the 2nd Congressional District.

The 62-year-old Chicago Democrat has served in the Illinois legislature since 1988. Prosecutors say he told airport security he uses the handgun for his job with a security company and had forgotten it was in his garment bag.