Donne Trotter's arrest on gun charges not only raised questions about his political future, but it opened a new line of inquiry into the nature of Trotter's work for another company.
Trotter, who makes $90,000 a year as a state senator with a leadership post, told police he had a weapon with him because of his role with AllPoints Security and Detective Agency.
That company was paid $350,000 as a subcontractor on a City of Chicago security deal. Its lobbyist? Chico and Nunes, the firm headed by Gery Chico, onetime top aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Several people who work with Trotter in Springfield said privately they were not aware that he carried a weapon, nor that he held a position with a security firm -- something that is not listed on his economic disclosure forms. Trotter is still in the running for the 2nd congressional district.
AllPoints Security is a minority- and women-certified contracting firm that has had political involvement for some time. The company is a subcontractor to provide security services at libraries and other city offices.
The company has made $49,000 in campaign contributions to local and state politicians since 2002, including to Daley, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and $500 to Trotter.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation lists Trotter as having three firearm-related licenses, including a firearm control card issued in March of this year, an original firearms training card, issued in May 2011 and a Permanent Employee Registration Card, also issued in May 2011.
Under his license, Trotter is allowed to carry a gun to and from his work with a security firm but not on an airplane. Authorities said Trotter has a valid FOID card but his gun was not registered with the city.
Under municipal ordinance, guns in Chicago must be registered. Trotter had explained he had been at a job with a security firm the night before and forgot he had the weapon and ammunition in his bag.
Trotter has hired as his attorney former federal prosecutor Thomas Anthony Durkin.
"I'm glad he's home," said Durkin, reached in Washington, D.C. "I won't have any comment until I can meet with him in depth."