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45th Ward superintendent connected to embattled alderman has gun case added to court troubles – Chicago Tribune

The Superintendent of Chicago’s 45th Ward has been charged with gun possession and official misconduct for making an attempt to promote a machine gun to an undercover ATF agent and a confidential informant whereas clocked in to his job with town’s division of Streets and Sanitation, authorities mentioned.

The case entails ward boss Charles Sikanich, in accordance to Assistant Attorney General Jonas Harger, who mentioned in Cook County court Tuesday that the ATF received a tip from a confidential informant in February 2020 that Sikanich owned an MP 40 machine gun and was all for promoting it. Sikanich requested the informant to discover him a purchaser, Harger mentioned.

A meeting was scheduled with Sikanich, the informant, and an undercover ATF agent, at which all of them tried to negotiate a value for the unlawful gun, authorities mentioned. Timesheet data present he was on the clock at his Streets and Sanitation job throughout the time he allegedly was set to focus on the gun’s sale.

Some months later, brokers confronted Sikanich, who led them to a “secret compartment” in his basement the place a black duffel bag containing the gun was recovered, Harger mentioned.

Sikanich’s legal professional, Blaire Dalton, mentioned in court the gun was a household heirloom, handed down from Sikanich’s grandfather. It dates from World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, Dalton mentioned. The gun was “plugged” and unusable, she mentioned in court, noting that the gun was seized in August however Sikanich was solely charged this month.

In response, Harger famous that it took the ATF lower than an hour to render the gun usable, and it was nonetheless able to firing photographs. Sikanich “knew the gun was illegal and intended to sell it for an increased price because of illegality of the gun,” he mentioned.

Information about Sikanich’s bond was not instantly out there.

The prices are simply the newest court proceedings for Sikanich. He and 45th Ward Alderman Jim Gardiner are being sued in federal court by a person who claims Gardner had him harassed, intimidated, and finally falsely arrested after he’d picked up a cellphone that Sikanich had inadvertently left at a 7-Eleven.

Gardiner can also be beneath federal felony investigation involving his conduct in office, together with whether or not he retaliated in opposition to constituents for political functions, sources have instructed the Tribune.

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