CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge, after allegedly pushing and hitting his wife on New Year’s Eve.
Munoz, 53, was arrested at his ward office in Little Village on Wednesday, and charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic battery. Police said he got into an argument with his wife on New Year’s Eve, and pushed and struck her.
At a hearing at the Domestic Violence Courthouse on Thursday, Munoz pleaded not guilty, and a judge set his bond at $2,500, meaning he must pay $250 to be released from custody.
The judge also ordered Munoz not to contact his wife, Betty Torres Munoz. The order also prohibits Munoz from returning to their house, except to retrieve his belongings.
His wife is also seeking a civil restraining order against the alderman.
Munoz, who has been alderman of the 22nd Ward since 1993, is not running for re-election this year. Four candidates are running to replace him on the City Council.
Sources said Munoz was hoping for a job in Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s administration, but a spokesman for Pritzker’s transition team said it was never considering Munoz for a position, nor is he being considered now.