New court date set for Des Plaines alderman charged with DUI

  • Des Plaines Alderman Mark Lysakowski was arrested in Mount Prospect in January 2021.

    Des Plaines Alderman Mark Lysakowski was arrested in Mount Prospect in January 2021. Courtesy of Mount Prospect Police Dept.

Updated 6/29/2021 3:16 PM

A new court date has been set in a drunken driving case involving a Des Plaines city council member.

First Ward Alderman Mark Lysakowski now is scheduled to appear in Cook County circuit court July 16, according to his lawyer, Frank DiFranco.


It's the latest delay for the case, which stemmed from a Jan. 18 traffic stop in Mount Prospect. The previous court date was scheduled for June 14.

Lysakowski, 48, was arrested about 2 a.m. after a traffic stop on Main Street near Gregory Street. He had bloodshot and glassy eyes, had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, slurred and mumbled his words and had difficulty opening his wallet, the arresting officer reported.

Lysakowski told the officer he'd consumed two beers before driving, the report states. Before his arrest, Lysakowski also showed the officer an envelope that revealed his name and political title, according to the report.

Lysakowski refused to submit to field sobriety testing or give a breath sample for analysis, the report said.

He was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty.

Lysakowski was reelected to a 4-year term in April.

Lysakowski has never spoken to the media about the arrest. He couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

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