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State Rep Candidate Natalie Manley Charged with Domestic Battery

In a statement, Manley asks for privacy: "Many parents have had to learn how to love their kids while not enabling inappropriate behavior," candidate says.

Updated at 4:38 a.m. May 9.

A local Democratic contender for a new Illinois House of Representatives seat is facing a domestic battery charge.

, 50, a Joliet accountant and candidate in the , was arrested Tuesday by Joliet police at her home in the 3100 block of Ingalls Avenue.

Police said the arrest stemmed from a dispute Manley had with her 21-year-old daughter. The younger woman reportedly told police she had lost her cell phone and was unable to let her mother know she would be home late.

When the 21-year-old did return to the apartment she shares with Manley at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said she was attacked by her mother, who “punched, kicked, knocked her to the ground, struck her in the face [and] hit her with a set of keys.”

The daughter fled the apartment and went to a Joliet police station, where officers observed visible injuries, including bruises, police said.

Police arrested Manley at her Ingalls Avenue apartment around 6:15 a.m. A man identified as Manley’s fiancé was also at the apartment, police said, but told officers he was asleep during the incident and witnessed nothing.

In a press release issued early Wednesday, Manley's campaign said the arrest was sparked by a dispute between Manley and her daughter, who arrived to the apartment "after curfew and intoxicated," adding an argument over the 21-year-old's behavior ensued.

“I am embarrassed for my family and friends and ask that you all respect our need for privacy," Manley said in the statement. "No family is perfect, and many parents have had to learn how to love their kids while not enabling inappropriate behavior. I continue to thank you for your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.”

Manley, who ran uncontested in the March 20 primary,  in the November election. Under new legislative maps approved last year, the 98th House District includes portions of Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Plainfield and Crest Hill.

Manley is also known as one-third of the WJOL Radio trio Lynne, Mary & Natalie.

Jeff Star May 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I happen to have been friends with Natalie and her family. They have a very close family and will work this out. I am not siding with either but I will say that it is out of character for each. I think Natalie has alot on her plate (maybe more then she can handle) but thats how she has always been. Pressure does alot to people. I think she should just rember when she was 21 and the daughter(will not name) should just think. Sit down work it out move on. Natalie is a smart woman (yes over reactive as I remember) or to be politicaly correct (Quick Witted). Work it out, Move on, get back to work.
Gaby May 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I gree, Natalie is a wonderful person and I am very sad that this is happening to her. We are very quick to judge people and I think we need to think before we speak. We love you Natalie.
Gaby May 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I agree, I have known Natalie for a long time and she is the sweeties person Ive meet. Dont judge her right away Natalie has struggled with her daughter for a wile and I know she isnt a sweet innocent butterfly either. We love you Natalie!!!
DoTheMath.Skeptic August 30, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just received Natalie Manley's mailing today (Aug. 30). Also visited her website. It is noteworthy that she is not acknowledging her party affiliation on the website or the mailing (except the return address is "the Democratic Party of Illinois" in small print). Perhaps being "transparent" [read "opaque"] is characteristic of being an Illinois Democrat. We hope mother and daughter have resolved the problem between them. BUT, regardless of who's right about their confrontation, the domestic battery charge raises the question if she is really qualified to serve as our representative. If, as one comment suggests, Natalie is stressed, how will she ever handle the stress in Springfield?
Rose August 31, 2012 at 07:47 PM
well stated.....

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