Suburban Mayor Accused of Choking State Worker

Dixmoor official faces battery charge

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Saturday, Jan 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Suburban Mayor Accused of Choking State Worker

Getty Images

advertisement

A suburban mayor is charged with misdemeanor simple battery after he allegedly choked an employee who asked to work overtime, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Dixmoor Mayor Keevan Grimmett, 53, is accused of grabbing 21-year-old Andre Mitchell by his shirt collar and choking him Oct. 5. Mitchell was a maintenance worker for Putting Illinois to Work, a program rolled out last year by Gov. Pat Quinn to fight poverty. Mitchell reportedly asked for extra work after he found out it was offered to other workers.

State police arrested Grimmett Jan. 6 when he turned himself in, according to the Sun-Times. He appeared in a Markham court Friday. 

Grimmett told the Sun-Times that he plans to stay in office, despite calls for his resignation. His term expires in 2013.

His case was continued to Monday.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out