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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)

    A judge set Ald. Ricardo Munoz's bond at $2,500 Thursday and granted his wife an order of protection against him after the alderman was charged with domestic battery. 

    Munoz was arrested Wednesday in connection with a domestic violence incident that took place on New Year's Eve, according to police. He then spent the night in jail, which is legally required for anyone charged with battery to do before seeing a judge.

    The Cook County State's Attorney's Office said Munoz - who has represented the 22nd Ward since 1993 - was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.

    The long-serving member of the Chicago City Council was taken into police custody after an argument with his wife in which police said Munoz "pushed and struck the victim throughout the body."

    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)

    Munoz was arrested Wednesday without incident at his ward office in the 2500 block of South St. Louis in the Little Village neighborhood, authorities said.

    His wife asked the judge to order Munoz to stay away from their residence and their dog Rambo, a request the judge granted. Munoz will only be able to go home to get his belongings, and must be escorted by a Chicago police officer. 

    The next hearing in Munoz's case was scheduled to take place on Jan. 23. An attorney for Munoz declined to comment on the case.

    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 is 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.

    Munoz announced this summer he would not run for re-election and opened the door on a possible run for mayor in the future.

    “I’m only 53, I can run for mayor in 2023 if I want to,” he said during an exclusive interview at the time.

    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.

    Four candidates are on the ballot to replace him in the February elections.

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