|E. Chicago Council Member Robert Battle (D)|
Battle, who is running for re-election in next month's municipal election unopposed, admitted to police through his attorney on Monday that he had shot Reimundo Camarillo, Jr. in an alley following an argument during which Battle claimed Camarillo pulled a knife on him. Battle later told his attorney there was no struggle between the two men. Police were unable to find either the gun or the knife where Battle suggested they could be found. Federal authorities also filed charges against Battle for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. At the time of Battle's arrest last month, he had allegedly visited a house in Michigan where cocaine was being dealt.
The Northwest Indiana Times says investigations related to the criminal charges filed against Battle uncovered the fact he was using several addresses as his residence but not residing at the residence he was using for purposes of representing the district he represents as a member of the East Chicago City Council. Let me take a wild guess that he won't be charged with vote fraud or theft as former Secretary of State Charlie White was. East Chicago Council members earn over $45,000 a year for their part-time jobs, more than five times the average salary of council members in other municipalities. That salary includes a $25,000 discretionary stipend the members can spend as they please or pocket as income. They also receive health insurance, pension and other benefits valued at more than $12,000 a year.
The Northwest Indiana Gazette has a post on the lovely home on the cul-de-sac Battle owns in Merrillville versus the small, very modest home in East Chicago he uses for voting residency purposes. It's pretty easy to figure out where Battle really lives.