A police response to a fight outside of Reilly’s Daughter on Friday January 5th has resulted in legal trouble for the politically connected bar and its owner.
The bar’s owner, Brendan O’Brien, was issued a village ordinance violation ticket for the sale of alcohol to a minor after the police questioned a man who was involved in a fight at the bar. The victim in the fight, Matthew Sechman, had blood on his shirt, face and hands. He allegedly told the police officer that he had “words” with an unknown offender as he and his friend, John Nick, were leaving the bar at about 1:30 a.m.
According to the two 18 year old men, an unknown offender struck Sechman in the face with a closed fist and then fled before the police arrived. Nick supported Sechman’s story and said that they both were in the bar and were served alcohol.
When the police noted that Sechman and Nick were under 21 and shouldn’t have been allowed to drink in the bar, they asked whether the two were asked for identification upon entering the bar or when being served. The two men told police that they were never asked for identification and a personal search of the men did not find any fake identification cards.
O’Brien told the police he had an employee at the door checking identification. O’Brien has a hearing on February 5th to contest his ticket for selling alcohol to a minor. Sechman and Nick also have hearings for underage drinking.
Reilly’s Daughter could face suspension or revocation of its liquor license, by the Oak Lawn Liquor Commissioner, Mayor Sandra Bury.
Reilly’s Daughter Inc. is a political contributor to Mayor Sandra Bury’s political fund.