Suburban mayor accused of forgery

October 3, 2008 3:02:17 PM PDT
The mayor of north suburban Island Lake faces charges for allegedly changing the name of the business owner listed on a village liquor license. Authorities say Mayor Tom Hyde used whiteout to alter the license for 3D/Sideouts Bar and Eatery.

He's charged with one count of official misconduct and two counts of forgery. The Lake County State's Attorney says mayor Hyde turned himself in and was later released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. Prosecutors say Hyde could face up to five years in prison if he's convicted.

The State's Attorney's office spearheaded the investigation. It says it found that Hyde was friends with the individual whose name he illegally swapped on the liquor license. Hyde is due back in court for a preliminary hearing October 27th.

He's the second consecutive Island Lake mayor to face misconduct charges. In 2007, former mayor Charles Amrich was indicted for alleging having all village fuel purchases made through a gas station he owned.


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