The latest fallout from the Rezko case, courtesy of a press release that reached the newsroom this afternoon:  


April 10, 2008 (Chicago) – Swissôtel Chicago has banned Stewart [Stuart] Levine, key witness in the ongoing Tony Rezko trial, from the hotel after he testified to using drugs during several of his stays.

 “We were shocked to learn what occurred during Mr. Levine’s visit, and he is no longer welcome at Swissôtel Chicago,” says Jack Breisacher, Hotel Manager of Swissôtel Chicago. “This sort of behavior is illegal and unacceptable, and we are very disappointed that this took place.”

Levine is currently being questioned during the trial of former political fundraiser Tony Rezko, and he recently testified that he and others binged on drugs while staying at various Chicago hotels, including Swissôtel Chicago.

Swissôtel Chicago has a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal drug use by any and all hotel guests, and was not aware of this activity. Levine will not be allowed back at Swissôtel Chicago.