The president of the 47th Ward Democratic Organization was arrested Saturday morning and charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from an alleged election-night scuffle, authorities said.
Chicago police arrested William Helm at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday as he was leaving a meeting held by Ald. Eugene Schulter at the ward political office at 4239 N. Lincoln Ave.
Helm said later Saturday that he was shocked by his arrest and maintains he was falsely accused.
Authorities said a man reported that he was beaten by Helm and other unnamed offenders in the 3400 block of North Western Avenue shortly after midnight in the early hours following the Feb. 22 aldermanic elections.
Helm, of the 4700 block of North Lincoln Avenue, confirmed he was at the Celtic Crown, a sports bar, where supporters of aldermanic candidate Tom O'Donnell were gathered. But Helm denied any wrongdoing.
"This is definitely politically motivated," Helm said. "When this goes to court, I will be exonerated."
Helm was a supporter of Schulter, who dropped a re-election bid after a 35-year tenure as 47th Ward alderman. Schulter endorsed O’Donnell as his successor, but O'Donnell lost to Ameya Pawar, who had been considered a long-shot outsider.Copyright © 2015, CT Now