Trotter got off work with the security firm at midnight and the weapon was still in his bag when he packed at 4:30 a.m. for the flight to Washington, Scaduto said Trotter told authorities. The weapon is registered, but not in the city of Chicago where Trotter lives, she said.
Trotter is licensed to carry a weapon and has a firearm owner’s identification card, according to police. He was also carrying a firearm control card issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which allows him to carry a weapon during work hours and for no more than an hour commuting to or from work.
Trotter is considered a serious contender for Jackson’s seat, thanks to his long career in state politics. He was in the Illinois House from 1988 to 1993, and has been in the Illinois Senate ever since, chairing the Democratic majority caucus.
Under former Senate President Emil Jones, he was the Senate Democrats’ budget negotiator and known as a cool, calm presence in the often-contentious budget debates during the tenure of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is now imprisoned on corruption charges.
Trotter is next due in court Dec. 12.