State Senator Claims Assault on Senate Floor

An Illinois senator says he was punched in the chest by a fellow lawmaker

Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 11:05 AM CDT
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State Senator Claims Assault on Senate Floor

Sen. Kyle McCarter (left) says he was punched by Sen. Mike Jacobs (right) on the Senate floor after a debate Tuesday.

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An Illinois state senator says he has filed a statement with police alleging he was punched in the chest by a fellow lawmaker.

Republican Sen. Kyle McCarter says he was punched by Sen. Mike Jacobs on the Senate floor after a debate Tuesday.

McCarter had pointed out in debate that Jacobs' father was a lobbyist for Commonwealth Edison and that Jacobs was sponsoring legislation benefiting ComEd.

Jacobs confronted McCarter afterward.

Jacobs scoffed at the idea of involving the State Capitol Police. The East Moline Democrat suggested McCarter was joking.

The police could not be reached for comment. Fox Chicago News reported that the capitol police had asked the station for any video of the confrontation.

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