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Alderman Questioned About Ties to Black Disciples

By Margaret Lyons in News on May 21, 2004 1:42PM

Alderman Troutman; Photo: ABC News Following the massive bust of the Black Disciples, 20th ward Alderman Arenda Troutman was questioned by FBI agents about her relationship with Donnell "Scandalous" Jehan, the third-highest ranking member of the group. Jehan wasn’t among the 47 alleged gang members arrested last week, but he has “a reputation for violence.” According to an FBI informant, Jehan was spotted driving Troutman’s SUV, and when police searched Jehan’s home in part of the raid, and they discovered two Chicago Police Department envelopes addressed to Troutman.

The seized envelopes were empty but a police source said it was not uncommon for the department's top commanders to communicate with aldermen, providing crime statistics for their wards, notifying them of community meetings or updating them on gang loitering enforcement. "What's unusual is where [the envelopes] ended up," said a city police source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Troutman lives 11 blocks away from half of Chicagoist, so we’re not going to talk any junk or anything (let us recall that she hasn't been accused of any wrong-doing), but wow. And you all thought aldermen didn’t do anything.