Ald.’s aid steals mink

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

An assistant to Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston was arrested after allegedly stealing a mink coat belonging to a prominent South Side resident earlier this month.

Chicago Police Department said Lynette Hill, 54, of the 2500 block of East 72nd Street, was charged with one felony count of theft of items valued between $500 and $10,000.

Hill was taken into custody following an event at the University of Chicago Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., on Monday, Dec. 19.

University of Chicago Police Department said a mink coat was taken from the coatroom and a follow up investigation led to Hill being taken into custody on Monday, Dec. 16.

“It’s a surprise to us,” Hairston said. “It’s devastating to those of us that work with her.”

Hairston said she was taking “appropriate actions” regarding Hill’s employment but would not say what that would include.

“It is always shocking to discover that there are things about people that you don’t know,” Hairston said. “As much as we try to screen each employee, no one could ever predict something like this would ever happen.”

The City of Chicago employee directory lists Hill as a Staff Assistant with a salary of $52,980 per year.

l.welbers@hpherald.com