Edward Acevedo

State Rep. Edward Acevedo of Chicago on the Illinois House floor in May 2010. (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune)

The Illinois House's assistant majority leader had a handgun pointed at him in the Lower West Side's Heart of Chicago neighborhood over the weekend.

State Representative Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago) wasn't injured in the incident, which occurred around 10:18 p.m. Friday in the 2500 block of South Oakley Boulevard.

Police said someone inside a van pointed a pistol at Acevedo, but the vehicle sped away when the representative announced his office.

A police spokesman wasn't aware whether Acevedo -- a state representative since 1997 and a Chicago police officer since 1995 -- identified himself as an elected official or as a police officer.

No arrests have been made and police didn’t release a description of the van or the gunman inside.

Investigators weren't clear on a motive for the incident.

Acevedo, 47, won re-election in 2nd District on Chicago's West and Southwest Side in last November's general election after running unopposed. He wasn't immediately available for comment this afternoon.

wlee@tribune.com