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Former Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz Found Not Guilty of Domestic Battery

The finding came during a short trial with Judge Callie Bird Thursday, a court representative confirmed

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    Ald. Munoz to Appear in Court on Domestic Battery Charge

    Ald. Ricardo Munoz was expected to appear in court Thursday to face a charge of domestic battery. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019)

    Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz was found not guilty of misdemeanor domestic battery Thursday, months after he was charged in an alleged altercation with his wife on New Year's Eve. 

    The finding came during a short trial with Judge Callie Baird Thursday, a court representative confirmed. 

    Munoz, who had represented the 22nd Ward since 1993 before deciding not to seek re-election, was arrested after an argument with his wife in which police said Munoz "pushed and struck the victim throughout the body."

    The one-time long-serving member of the Chicago City Council was arrested without incident at his ward office in the 2500 block of South St. Louis in the Little Village neighborhood, authorities said. Munoz was later charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. 

    Ald. Munoz Arrested in Domestic Violence Incident: Police

    Ald. Munoz Arrested in Domestic Violence Incident: Police

    Ald. Ricardo Munoz was arrested by Chicago police Wednesday in connection with a domestic violence incident that took place on New Year's Eve, according to police. NBC 5's Ash-har Quraishi reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019)

    His wife asked the judge to order Munoz to stay away from their residence and their dog Rambo, a request the judge granted. 

    A few days later, Munoz checked into rehab in Indiana.

    He already announced last summer that he wouldn't run again. Before that, he went public with his struggles with alcohol.

    Ald. Ricardo Munoz Won’t Seek Re-Election

    [CHI] Ald. Ricardo Munoz Won’t Seek Re-Election
    Ald. Ricardo Munoz will not run for reelection he said Monday but the long-serving member of the Chicago City Council tantalizingly opened the door to running for mayor in five years. Carol Marin reports.
    (Published Monday, July 23, 2018)

    This was not Munoz's first brush with the law. He has publicly spoken about his arrest as a teenager on drug and gun charges, which were later expunged. Now sober, Munoz has also opened up about his addiction to alcohol.

    Sworn into office in 1993, Munoz was appointed alderman by then mayor Richard Daley to replace Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who moved on to the Illinois State Senate.

    Michael Rodriguez was elected in February to replace Munoz as 22nd Ward alderman. 

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