By Tom Polansek
CHICAGO, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Former Chicago Board of TradeChairman Patrick Arbor said on Saturday that he was in Europe,following a newspaper report alleging he had fled the UnitedStates to avoid paying millions of dollars to his ex-wife.
"I can't talk about it," Arbor told Reuters about theaccusations when reached on his cell phone. Asked where he was,he said: "I'm in Europe. I'm an Italian citizen."
A judge in Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago,issued the civil-court equivalent of an arrest warrant for Arboron Tuesday, said Cara Smith, chief of policy for the Cook CountySheriff's Office. She said she did not know whether the warranthad been filed with the sheriff's office, which enables lawenforcement officers to take Arbor into custody.
Smith did not have details on why the judge issued thewarrant.
It calls for Arbor, who turns 77 on Friday, to be jaileduntil he pays $288,983 to his ex-wife Antoinette Vigilante,according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Arbor has repeatedly ignoredjudge's orders in his divorce case, the newspaper reported onSaturday. He has been ordered to pay Vigilante, 56, more than$18 million and is thought to have moved to Italy or Switzerlandto avoid paying the judgment, according to the report.
Arbor also is wanted by law enforcement under a criminalarrest warrant issued on April 10 in a child support case, Smithsaid. His bail was set at $24,887, according to the Cook CountySheriff's Office website.
"A criminal child support warrant was issued," Smith said."Any law enforcement agency can look for him."
County court records show that Vigilante filed for a divorcefrom Arbor last year and that a final judgment was entered onTuesday. Vigilante could not be reached for comment.
Arbor was chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade, now ownedby CME Group Inc, from 1993 to 1999.
A fixture on Chicago's business and civic scenes, he is aprincipal at the trading firm Shatkin Arbor and listed astrustee at Loyola University of Chicago. In 2010, Arbor threwhis hat into the ring to become lieutenant governor of Illinois,writing in an application to the state's Democratic party: "Ofcourse, my record is impeccable and I have a good reputation."
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