Relative of 2 former Chicago mayors to appear in federal tax lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal tax evasion trial of Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, grandson and nephew of two of Chicago’s oldest and most prominent mayors, was scheduled to begin Monday.

Thompson, 52, has served on city council since 2015. He would be the first member of the Daley family to stand trial on federal charges and the first councilman to face a jury in more than two decades.

Thompson was charged last year with filing false tax returns and lying about loans related to a failed bank, among other things.

Thompson’s attorney, Chris Gair, called it a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. Thompson said he committed no crime.

Potential jurors showed up in court on Friday for COVID-19 tests and to fill out questionnaires. They are due back Monday for jury selection and opening statements.

It is expected that there will be few mentions at trial of Thompson’s role in public service or of the Daley family. However, the jury’s questionnaire identifies Thompson as an alderman and says his “grandfather was the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and his uncle is former Mayor Richard M. Daley,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Thompson is the first Daley to stand trial on federal charges, but others have faced criminal charges.

Daley’s nephew, Richard Vanecko, Thompson’s cousin, was charged with manslaughter after a fatal 2004 altercation outside a bar.

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