LOGAN SQUARE — Police are investigating after vandals destroyed 1st Ward Ald. Daniel La Spata’s Logan Square campaign office early Friday.
About 12:45 a.m. Friday, two people wearing all black smashed all of the front windows of La Spata’s campaign headquarters at 2110 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to the alderman’s campaign and a preliminary police report.
Nothing was stolen from the office, and there were no signs of forced entry, according to La Spata’s campaign.
The vandals went through the alley and used a bat or a tool to smash the windows, defacing the office, said La Spata’s campaign manager, Josh Kaufman, who was briefed by police on the scene.
The office has a Ring camera, but it wasn’t operational at the time of the attack, La Spata’s campaign said.
In a statement, La Spata said he’s concerned the vandalism is “political retribution.”
La Spata has held the 1st Ward seat since 2019. He’s running against former 1st Ward Ald. Proco Joe Moreno, community leader Andy Schneider and attorney Sam Royko in the municipal election, which is Feb. 28.
“Even at the beginning of our campaign in back in October, we experienced attacks that felt like old-school Chicago politics,” La Spata said.
A man threw a drink at La Spata in October as he was biking through West Town with supporters. Former political hopeful Bob Zwolinski — who lost a 2016 election for Illinois state representative — claimed responsibility for the incident on Twitter.
“If vandals thought they would frighten or intimidate our staff and volunteer teams, they didn’t succeed,” La Spata said. “Honestly, I believe this will only energize the base of neighborhood support that we’ve had.”