Peraica promises to be on time for court
Tony Peraica in October 2010. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune)
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.