CPS staffer charged with stalking Mayor Lori Lightfoot
CHICAGO - A Chicago Public Schools employee is facing stalking charges after repeatedly showing up to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home in Logan Square and acting in an "aggressive and hostile manner."
Garrett McLinn, 36, is accused of going to Lightfoot's house and causing disturbances on at least four or five separate occasions from Wednesday to Thursday, according to court documents.
McLinn was asked to leave the area several times but kept returning, police said.
On Thursday around 7:50 p.m., officers assigned to a security detail outside Lightfoot's home observed McLinn yelling and becoming "irate" and "highly agitated," prosecutors said. When officers approached him, McLinn began shouting at them, police said.
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McLinn refused to comply with the officers' orders and was taken into custody after a brief struggle, according to court documents.
He was charged with two counts of stalking, five counts of resisting a peace officer and one count of disorderly conduct.
McLinn is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning for a status hearing.
William Howard Taft High School released the following statement to parents and guardians:
"We are reaching out to inform you that we recently learned that one of our staff members had been arrested due to a matter that does not involve our school or any members of our school community. This individual has not been currently permitted to work at our school or enter any of our school buildings since earlier this school year, prior to this arrest. While we cannot provide further details for privacy reasons, please know that we are taking this situation extremely seriously. We will continue to follow our diligent safety protocols to ensure the safety of all members of our community."