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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

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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