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Judge says ex-alderman unfit to face gun charge

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Associated Press

A former Chicago alderman has been found unfit for trial on charges she approached police officers outside a neighborhood district headquarters with a loaded gun.

Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Canon on Friday ordered former 24th Ward Alderman Sharon Dixon into the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services for an evaluation.

Prosecutors say Dixon on May 4 had been walking in and out of the West Side police station when police noticed the holstered gun and her hand on the weapon.

Authorities say Dixon was arrested and taken to a hospital for psychological evaluation.

Dixon, who lost her council seat in 2011, was arrested in 2009 for driving under the influence. The charge was later dropped.

It wasn't immediately known if Dixon has legal representation.

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