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Chicago Heights Mayor Responds to Daughter's Arrest

Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez issued a statement in response to recent charges filed against his daughter following a Homewood arrest.

Monica Gonzalez, 20-year-old daughter of Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, battery and possession of drug paraphernalia following a Nov. 23 incident in Homewood. 

Mayor Gonzalez said he was "saddened" by the charges, and actions "certainly inconsistent with the behavior my wife and I have tried to instill in all of our children."

The statement continued:

Nevertheless, at 20 years of age, Monica is an adult. She is responsible for her own actions. 

As the Mayor of the City of Chicago Heights, I stand by the notion that all persons, regardless of your position in life, need to abide by all laws and be accountable if you fail to do so. 

READ: Daughter of Chicago Heights Mayor Arrested in Homewood

As a father, I will be providing personal support to my daughter to get her through this difficult time. As part of that support, my wife and I will ensure that she pursues all avenues to ensure that the path of a lifetime of healthy, safe, and wise choices made by her remains on course for a bright future and is not derailed by this incident.

My wife and I ask that the media, to the extent possible, respect Monica and our family’s privacy.

For the purposes of further public discussion, as this incident in no way involves my official duties as Mayor of Chicago Heights and that it occurred outside the jurisdiction of Chicago Heights, we intend to treat it as a private family matter as we would with all city employees.

—David Gonzalez, Chicago Heights Mayor

jason amos December 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Unity !!!!!! Great story compelling and rich
Sharon F December 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I dont understand why the patch would consider this a story that deals with the mayor or the parents for that matter. Just bit disappointed in the patch. I usually visit this site for local news. As a parent of a 22 yr old, my child's actions (good or bad) should have nothing to do with me or my job.
Karen Mattio December 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Police Blotter every week in star newspaper I am sure those would not like PUBLIC but it not a pick an choose It is what it is The mayor is just like anyone of us so be it no freedom of choice every week or every day News is NEWS no matter what who so what good for one good for another get to the bottom of the problem DRUGS stop the dealers Big Problem over all picture the mayor is not only one to face child an drugs
John Capros December 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Really Karen? Show me a Police Blotter that gives the name of the patents of an adult offender . I agree Sharon , this is only getting press because of the Mayor . Mayor wants her treated no different but too bad the media does not play with the same rules . Their job is no longer journalism , but gossip .
anna woods December 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I applaud the Patch. The Mayor is a public figure which extends to his family. I agree she is an adult however I feel it should have been reported. Anna
Denice December 05, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I don't see why the mayor's family problems shouldn't be spotlighted just as any other public official's problems. The Bush twins brawling and excessive partying made the news. Former Chicago mayor Daley son's underage drinking and partying made the news, and his nephew is in the news right now. The Kennedy's have had a few family members arrests reported in the news. Let's face it...with "celebrity" comes a spotlight that shines on not only the celebrity, but their family and friends as well. That's part of the price you pay for whatever measure of fame you have, be you a president or a mayor.
Karen Mattio December 05, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Exactly Denise Those with a open mind donnot care who it is Drugs is a big problem not just here but everywhere maybe wrong town an yes parents have been included in blotter when a minor is in trouble an also in the news an news papers not all public figures but a public figure draws attention bottom line the mayor being a parent like anyone else get her help that what all parents do Parents just not have to deal with drugs there is more to raisng children we all do are very best
Chiheightspride17 December 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Why is this a story? 1) He is the mayor. 2) It is local news. 3) This resident cares.
HBIC n Da Hts!! December 06, 2012 at 01:49 PM
i say just leave them ALONE im friends with family.. RESPECT THEIR PRIVACY...
James Bond December 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Yes he is the Mayor, but his daughter is a grown woman who made her mistake like many children will do. Everyone has someone who has a issue one way or another. Daily Southtown went overboard with headlines, "Chicago Heights Mayors Daughter Busted in Homewood. Ok.
DJ Morgan December 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It is a family matter, and I think he is perfectly right to handle it as such. But he is a public figure, so it is also considered news in some circles.
Samantha Munis December 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I' grew up with the Gonzalez family and I'm not as close as I used to be with them but I hate to see them go through their personal problems so publicly. Why!!?! Cause the girls were havin fun bein young and got caught. Ok suffer your consequences but u don't have to put the whole family on trial and put everyone's business. What does albert have to do with this situation and what the hell does leticias EX bf have to do with anything. I don't see the relevance and I think that they went overboard in trying to make that family look bad. They should have their privacy and be able to deal with their situations privately like any other family. And it just makes me sad that the paper had to put some extra stuff in the just because he's the mayor. Respect their privacy and let them do what they have to do to get through this as a family with some damn peace!

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