After his tardiness for a court hearing prompted a judge to temporarily lock him up, former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica promised to be on time for his next court date, his lawyer said today.
Peraica spent about 90 minutes Tuesday in a lockup area in the Bridgeview courthouse after he arrived late for a 9 a.m. hearing on misdemeanor charges alleging he vandalized a political opponent’s sign last year.
Judge Kerry M. Kennedy ordered Peraica taken into custody after the two-term Republican showed up about 10:30 a.m.
Peraica’s lawyer, Sam Amirante, said Peraica was on time for each monthly court date since his arrest last year. Peraica did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Amirante called it “an honest mistake” since earlier hearings were routinely set for later in the morning.
Peraica was arrested Oct. 30, days before the Nov. 2 election, after he was accused of destroying a campaign sign in west suburban McCook, where his re-election opponent was the mayor. His opponent, Jeff Tobolski, went on to win the election.
Peraica, who is due back in court Dec. 21, maintains his innocence.