Front-runner ends bid for Jackson's Illinois House seat

Illinois state lawmaker Donne Trotter said he doesn't want felony gun charges he faces to be a distraction from important issues in the race.

CHICAGO — An Illinois state lawmaker who was a front-runner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Saturday that he's ending his candidacy.

Donne Trotter said he doesn't want felony gun charges he faces to distract from the important issues of his congressional district.

Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O'Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun in his bag.

He told officers he has the gun for a job he works with a security firm and forgot it was in his bag before he went to the airport.

Trotter said solving his district's problems was too important to allow his legal "situation to detract from what needs to be front and center."

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