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.

Noble citizen May 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
You sound very ignorant. The "pressures of parent hood" don't really apply to a 21 year old "adult", and for one if you live under my roof, your going to live under my rules, or you can find your own place to live. Simply a matter of respect. Drunk people tend to lose that amount of respect for others; I don't care what your cultural location is.
CONCERNED FRIEND May 10, 2012 at 03:59 PM
It sounds to me like the MOTHER ruined her own chances in the election. I also think people who WERE NOT there shouldn't be posting about what they heard. Apparantly everyone is trying to cover this up because of it being a political issue now. I think what people should be more concerned about is that the daughter was hurt by her mother in a way that should never have happened. The mother shouldn't be saying she was drunk because if she was drunk, the police would have questioned her when she was reporting the incident at the police station. The MOTHER kicked her daughter out of their house and took her keys from her thats how she ended up with the keys and a FRIEND of the DAUGHTER came and picked her up and took her to the police station. The DAUGHTER is being quiet because family is trying to make this a CLOSED CASE in favor of the MOTHER, while CONCERNED FRIENDS are trying to get this out because NO ONE has the right to beat their child, especially in the excess that MANLEY did!!
Close Friend May 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I can't believe that a mother would even ever think to do this to their child..Especially one of which that is a legal adult. Drunk or not, This mother beat her defenseless child over being a couple hours late from a party that SOMEONE ELSE drove her to and from! She was responsible enough to get a designated driver to drive her home and to have her mom blow up over something so stupid is ridiculous and should NEVER go unpunished! No matter what, you should never lay your hands on your own family! As for the person who said they did not witness anything because he was sleeping...??? Are you kidding me?! I bet you that there were screaming involved and theres no way he couldnt have woken up. Theres deffinately more to that story! He had to have saw something and I bet did nothing.There was physical evidence completely agreeing with the daughter's discription of the incident so theres no way Manley can get out of this. By her arrest photo you already know there is nothing wrong with Ms. Manley. What she did was wrong and she needs to be held for her consequences as the respectful adult she says she is. The victims family is also trying to push everything under the rug and trying to persude the victim to drop everything to save the poor defenseless Ms. Manley. Forget that! I'd say do what you feel is right and show her that what she did will not go unpunished just because shes trying for government! I wouldnt want someone like this in my government one bit! You shouldn't either!
Close Friend May 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I completely agree with you, Concerned Friend!
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Becca, You said the daughter didnt drive herself home. Where is that in the story? It seems you are making that up to fit your THEORY of what happened. We dont need people lying about things. We need the truth. The truth is this is a private matter about a spoiled girl who doesnt want to follow the rules of the home she is living in for free! She says she lost her phone and couldnt call. What a load of poo. There isnt a person in the country that doesnt have access to a cell phone. Assuming she did loose it, she could have borrowed a friends for a moment and called. She didnt. Well, now she gets to see what it's like in the REAL WORLD. No more free-loading. She gets to find a place to live, pay rent, GET A JOB, pay her own bills.....all because she didnt want to come home on time and use a phone.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 08:46 PM
When I was a kid, if I did this my butt would still be stinging from the whooping I would have gotten from my Dad. Kids these days think the world revolves around them. They can just come and go as they please. Yes, she was 21. But if you arent old enough to live on your own and pay your own bills, then you arent old enough to have all the rights that go with that. If you dont want to follow them, then MOVE OUT. Quit blaming the rest of the world because you messed up.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Chris, look at his positions. Read between the lines. If you cut something that provides funding to education, then it cuts education. What Kalnicky has proposed is cutting a department that provides $690 million for education. That means he is ok with cutting $690 million from education. Its that simple. He is hoping no one sees this...but we do.
Close Friend May 10, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Bill....Did your dad beat you so bad that there were very real and very visible indications that he did? Yes she may have been living there for free and yes she should have been more responsible and listened to her mothers rules...But are you soooooo sure that for breaking a VERY LITTLE rule....that you are saying that she had what was coming to her??? That she deserved to be beaten by her own mother...Is that seriously what you are implying??? That it is right for what her mother did to her?! I mean right now I believe the only person living in an alternate universe....Is YOU. How do you know she doesn't pay her own bills? Or have a job? Atleast my theories and what I say actually are backed up by evidence. You are just pulling the "What ifs?!" from out of thin air. I know for a complete fact that laying your hand inappropriately on ANYONE is considered battery for whatever reason there is. There is evidence of the bruises and the whelts that were left from her mother all over. So don't you think that what you are saying right this minute...That what you JUST SAID implys that you think its ok for someone to beat their own child. That it is fair and deserving for that child to be hit for something so stupid and ridiculous and to forver have that image of their mother or father beating them like that. Are you kidding me Bill?? So I think what I said is enough and I think maybe you should read what you type before you press the big beautiful button called Enter.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:10 PM
"There is evidence of the bruises and the whelts that were left from her mother all over." You know this....how? Where you there?
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:11 PM
You are also ASSUMING she is guilty. Right now we only have the word of a very mad daughter....with all the reason in the world to lie.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The daughter's own family members on here said that the daugther said to them she got the marks that are there from falling at the party. So clearly there are two sides to this. You are only accepting one side. Which is odd....You seem very upset about this...I makes me wonder if you are a friend of the daughter, just unloading on here.
Close Friend May 10, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I can't disclose that information, but I do know what I'm talking about atleast. Besides...not all reporters get EVERY detail. I can assume anything I'd like since this is America and I have the freedom of speech. Besides all that...You didn't answer the question at all and by turning the whole arguement in a different way I can now assume I already know your answer to it. What Ms Manley did to her child is WRONG and I just hope the daughter will be ok and continue on with what she believes and I hope for all the best for her. As for you Bill....I hope you too have a nice day.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Becca, you said it all. For the record, I think it is perfectly fine to correct your child and if it means a smack upside the head, then so be it. If her injuries were SO severe, as you are making them out to be (DRAMA!!) she would have gone to the hospital. Did she???? NOOOOO! Becca, your a child, and your friend, the daughter, is a child. YOU decided to stay out past the rules. YOU decided to not call. YOU decided to drink yourself into a stooper. One day when you have kids, you will understand. You may be 21, but you are still, clearly, a child. So have fun helping your friend pay her own bills from now on. Good luck on that.
Close Friend May 10, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Woah hold on a second....First of all...I feel bad for your children. Secondly, I would NEVER beat my child like that EVER! A smack upside the head...Oh dear are you kidding me?! Thats what you think it was?? Wow you seriously have everything twisted up to fit your perfect world don't you?? Thirdly...I am not a child and I know what right and wrong is. You're a person that thinks whatever happens to someone is nothing. What if this same incident happened to you or someone you love?? What do you think you would do??? Would you just laugh it off as you are now by saying that the child deserves a good "whoop ass" as you say it?? Correct the child by saying that you are the head honcho and says that "Since you are my child I have a right to correct you by beating you" Wow thats just....That is...Just disturbing to hear and I just hope this doesn't happen to your kids...
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Becca, Welcome to the real world. Yup, my kid disrespects me or my wife in my house that I work 70 hours a week to keep. If they break my rules, talk back to me, stay out all hours of the night, refuse to call, and then lie about not being able to. If they surround themselves with friends like you who edge them on to break our rules....ya, theyre getting a thumpin and then they stuff would be on the lawn. So, again, I hope you have a spot on your couch for her to stay on. But before she moves in...just make sure you clear with your parents.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Oh, and my kids are all grown now. But they all went to college. Thye have good jobs. Work hard. Own their own homes. And do it all on their own. My wife and I helped them as much as we could, but they have done so much on their own. And they have a life to show for it. Her daugher has a couple of bags of clothes on the lawn, no house, no degree....I am thinking she should have a come-to-jesus moment with herself to decide if the path she is on is a very productive one.
Close Friend May 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
So how would you know what went on?? How do you know what happened?? Were you there?? Did they tell you that all they did was bump her on the head?? I work over 45 hour every week, I pay my own bills, and I will support my friends when they are in need. I don't condone beating a child when they did something just so minor. Dont even begin to say things you dont know for certain unless you know what goes on. You have no idea, yet you are automatically assuming that the victim got what was coming to her. Just like you sat there and said that all im doing is assuming the culprit is guilty. So have fun being a hypocrite and have fun commenting on things you have no knowledge about.
Bill Turner May 10, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Well, "Close friend" AKA "Becca" your clearly biased in the case. Standing up for your friend also means telling them when they are wrong. Did she or didnt she break her mom's rules? Did she or didnt she stay out after the agreed upon time? Did she or didnt she drink? Did she or didnt she not call? Did she or didnt she lie when she said she couldnt? Did she or didnt she disrespect her mom in HER house?
Carl Black May 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Becca, have you seen the size of Bridget? She could have easily defended herself.
John Moreli May 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Stop with the child crap already, shes 21! Like I said the case will be dismissed! No witnesses and it's her word against her word!
John Moreli May 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Close friend you weren't there either, so you know squat too!
CONCERNED FRIEND May 11, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Only the mother is saying she was drunk. The police would have known if she were drunk or intoxicated. They are trained to see those types of things, especially dealing with domestic violence because it so often does start with intoxication. In this incident, there is nothing in the report saying that the police found her to be under the influence at all. It also has on the police report that an eye witness is the fiance when the fiance is telling the papers and such that he was sleeping and saw nothing... How convenient... this isnt the first time it has happened and clearly if the daughter didn't stand up for herself it would have kept happening. I applaud her for going to the police , that was a LEVEL headed thing to do. I think her mothers political endeavors shouldn't be involved with this though. The fact of the matter, she struck someone, even worse, her own daughter with no provocation other than breaking curfew. And here is the worst part of the aftermath, she won't even apologize to her daughter. She has no remorse, which means she'll do it again if she gets the chance. She needs anger management and family counseling. I feel for the daughter immensely and wish people could see the error of their ways, man up and apologize. Its just "im sorry, i was wrong" ... it goes a long way
Bill Turner May 11, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Umm...you are the only one bringing politics into this. And again welcome to the Real World. For someone who claims to work "45 hours a week" you sure have a lot of time to spend on here. Continuing to blather on and on, on messages boards only shows you hate Natalie and are biased toward her spoiled daughter; that you would do and say anything to hurt one and help the other. I dont believe anything you say. At this point, there is nothing we have that is a fact, only two sides of a story.
Vashawn May 11, 2012 at 07:04 PM
This is truly the saddest story I have heard in a very long time. To the "concerned friend" you cant be serious. I care for both Bridget and her mother but Bridget is 21 she should be out on her own. Truth be told even Bridget best friends will tell you she is a spoiled, selfish brat. Her mom has supported her when she flunked out of college, got fired from several jobs because she is lazy. Gave her a place to live because no one would rent to her. Natalie's friends have told her to kick her but out let her sink or swim yet her mom has been a cheerleader. I think it is laughable that Natalie would even physically be able to hurt her daughter. I mean come on get real. Bridget is built like a linebacker about a foot taller and 75 pounds heavier than Natalie. Seriously her mother hurt her. Bridget could take down her mother with one hand behind her back. The media is making Bridget out to be a defenseless child. Bridget should be ashamed of herself. Bridget, now who is going to financially take care of you? Remember, Bridget, karma will meet you 3 fold what you did to your mom. I am praying for you both.
A Concerned Citizen May 13, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Maybe that explains the puke on the wall in the rear hallway of the building they live in that has been there for a few days that needs to be cleaned up!
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.....


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something