By Tom Polansek
CHICAGO Oct 5 Former Chicago Board of Trade
Chairman Patrick Arbor said on Saturday that he was in Europe,
following a newspaper report alleging he had fled the United
States to avoid paying millions of dollars to his ex-wife.
"I can't talk about it," Arbor told Reuters about the
accusations 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 Arbor
on Tuesday, said Cara Smith, chief of policy for the Cook County
Sheriff's Office. She said she did not know whether the warrant
had been filed with the sheriff's office, which enables law
enforcement officers to take Arbor into custody.
Smith did not have details on why the judge issued the
It calls for Arbor, who turns 77 on Friday, to be jailed
until he pays $288,983 to his ex-wife Antoinette Vigilante,
according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Arbor has repeatedly ignored
judge's orders in his divorce case, the newspaper reported on
Saturday. He has been ordered to pay Vigilante, 56, more than
$18 million and is thought to have moved to Italy or Switzerland
to avoid paying the judgment, according to the report.
Arbor also is wanted by law enforcement under a criminal
arrest warrant issued on April 10 in a child support case, Smith
said. His bail was set at $24,887, according to the Cook County
Sheriff'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 divorce
from Arbor last year and that a final judgment was entered on
Tuesday. Vigilante could not be reached for comment.
Arbor was chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade, now owned
by CME Group Inc, from 1993 to 1999.
A fixture on Chicago's business and civic scenes, he is a
principal at the trading firm Shatkin Arbor and listed as
trustee at Loyola University of Chicago. In 2010, Arbor threw
his hat into the ring to become lieutenant governor of Illinois,
writing in an application to the state's Democratic party: "Of
course, my record is impeccable and I have a good reputation."