Criminal Justice

Woman accused of plotting to kill town's president and its attorney

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A Chicago-area woman has been charged with plotting the murders of her town president and its attorney.

Joann Walker, 76, is accused of trying to put out a hit on Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and town attorney Michael Del Galdo, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Prosecutors said that Walker spoke with another woman in July about a plan to recruit a hit man—identified in court only as “Mike”—to kill the two town officials.

Walker was reportedly angry with the town president over the way the town’s animal shelter was being run, the Sun-Times reports.

But Walker’s son, Henry, told the newspaper that while both he and his mother have a “big mouth,” she never would have actually tried to have the two officials killed.

Walker also criticized town officials for the way his mother was treated in the town lockup after her arrest.

“She’s a 76-year-old diabetic. She didn’t have socks, a blanket or a pillow,” he said.

Walker is being held in the Cook County jail on a $100,000 bond on two felony counts of threatening a public official. She has also been charged with resisting arrest after Cicero police said she resisted attempts to be handcuffed and then went limp once the cuffs were on.

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