Supt. Eddie Johnson Gets ‘Light-Headed’ at Press Conference

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson “felt light-headed” at a Friday morning press conference but did not lose consciousness, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

“He was coherent and will go to an area hospital for examination,” Guglielmi said in a tweet. 


Johnson’s medical episode occurred at a press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce the launch of new technology to fight street violence.

Hours after the morning incident, Guglielmi reported Johnson was in “great spirits” and the medical episode was “unrelated to a longstanding kidney issue.”


The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Johnson has been managing a kidney issue for 32 years and needs a kidney transplant.

“He has been managing it successfully with no impact on his ability to lead a normal life. He is not on dialysis. He does not have diabetes,” Guglielmi told the Sun-Times.

Following his discharge, Johnson is expected to brief the media, according to tweet from Guglielmi. 


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