Chicago FOP candidate’s suburban home prompts residency ruckus
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police presidential candidate Kevin Graham's house in Lincolnshire. | Kevin Tanaka/For the Sun-Times
Chicago Police Officer Kevin W. Graham once picketed with the Fraternal Order of Police carrying a sign that called for ending the residency requirement for Chicago cops: “If the city wants to save money, lift residency requirement,” it read.
In 2013, he and his wife sold their split-level house in Edgebrook on the city’s Northwest Side — and bought a more expensive four-bedroom house in Lincolnshire, about 25 miles outside the city limits in Lake County.
Now, Graham wants to head the city’s largest police union, aiming to unseat FOP President Dean Angelo in a high-profile runoff that ends March 29.
And even though Graham has a suburban address, he insists he’s renting his sister’s Chicago condo, living there in full compliance with police department rules.
Graham also is accusing Angelo of trying to turn the Grahams’ suburban home, purchased for $617,000, into a campaign issue. In a recent post on the blog for Graham’s “Blue Voice” slate of FOP candidates, Graham denies he lives outside the city — a potentially fireable offense — and calls his rival a “rat,” saying Angelo is spreading rumors about where he lives.
Kevin Graham. Photo from thebluevoicechoice.blogspot.com
The blog post came as Graham was ignoring repeated interview requests from Chicago Sun-Times reporters, who’d found he no longer owns a house in the city and has his name on the water bill for the Lincolnshire house.