Judge finds Toni Preckwinkle’s son not guilty of assault

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Congratulations are in order for Kyle Preckwinkle, the 38-year-old son of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Yesterday, he was acquitted of misdemeanor assault in a bench trial. It’s the second time a judge has found the younger Preckwinkle not guilty of a criminal charge since 2013.

On May 3, a 65-year-old man who lives in the same building as Kyle Preckwinkle called police and reported that Preckwinkle had assaulted him. The man said he was walking up the stairs when Kyle Preckwinkle stopped him. Preckwinkle allegedly wanted to complain about noises coming from his apartment and to ask who else was in the man’s unit.

“That’s none of your business,” the man reportedly said, and he continued to his home.

A short time later, Kyle Preckwinkle allegedly began repeatedly beating on the man’s door.

“Open the door, mother f*cker,” Preckwinkle was accused of yelling, along with other obscenities. The police report alleged that when the man opened the door, Preckwinkle “approached in an aggressive manner while yelling, ‘What you gonna do? What you gonna do, b*tch?’”

The man said he was “in fear of receiving a battery,” according to the report.

But Kyle Preckwinkle was not arrested that night. He apparently didn’t even have to turn himself in to be processed by police. Instead, he was issued a summons to appear in criminal court on June 26 to face the assault allegation.

On Wednesday, Kyle Preckwinkle pleaded not guilty, and Judge Robert Kuzas then found him not guilty from the bench.

In 2012, Kyle Preckwinkle was charged with misdemeanor battery. Once again, rather than being arrested, he was issued a summons to appear in court on the charge. Judge Tommy Brewer found him not guilty in a bench trial.

Kyle Preckwinkle does not appear in the Chicago Police Department’s online database of arrested adults. That may be because he was ordered to appear by summons rather than being booked like most people.

Court records also do not list what’s known as an “IR Number” for Kyle Preckwinkle. IR numbers, or “Individual Record” numbers, are assigned to a person when they are arrested in Cook County for the first time. That number follows the person around like a fingerprint or Social Security number, so individuals’ arrest records remain organized even if they provide fake names.

The same court files also fail to list a “CB Number” or “Central Booking Number” for either of Preckwinkle’s criminal cases. The Chicago Police Department issues a new, sequential CB Number for every arrest. Lack of CB Numbers is another indication that Kyle Preckwinkle was never arrested by police.

All’s not perfect in the Preckwinkle world, though. Sun-Times reporters last month revealed that the condo where Kyle Preckwinkle and his wife live is owned by his politically-connected mom. According to the paper, the building’s association filed suit to have Kyle and his family removed from the building.

He’s supposed to be on his way out after more run-ins with police at the building, including over gunshots allegedly fired from his balcony, and a lawsuit to evict the family.

The condo association, which filed that suit, also is trying to get Toni Preckwinkle to help cover the expenses of the case, more than $15,000 in attorney fees and costs to date, which she is fighting.

The story continued.

In trying to evict [the] family, the suit cited problems including the May incident, in which somebody was “repeatedly discharging a firearm” and Kyle Preckwinkle’s “threatening” behavior.

The suit said “the Tenants continue to engage in noxious, offensive and intolerable behavior despite numerous notices to cease and desist and intervention from the Chicago Police Department.”

As of Sept. 5, no charges had been filed in connection with the purported gunshot incident.


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