Mayor Drives City Cop Car With Invalid Handicap Placard For Personal Use

The handicapped placard hanging from the rear view mirror of Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed self-assigned cop car isn't hers.

Alorton, IL – An Illinois mayor facing a felony charge for allegedly demoting a police sergeant who testified against her has been using a village-owned patrol vehicle to go about her daily business.

“We did not approve that,” Alorton village Trustee Gwen McCallum told the Belleville News-Democrat.

“It’s a perk of a mayor,” Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed told KTVI in February, after a reporter asked her why an impoverished village should provide her with a vehicle.

Reed, 60, was recently seen in the patrol vehicle parked at a gas station in a nearby township, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

When reporters asked for a comment, she rolled up the window.

The vehicle, which was equipped with lights and sirens, also had a handicapped placard hanging from the rearview mirror.

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the state of Illinois never issued Reed a handicapped placard, but it did issue one to her father, Albert Reed, who passed away in March.

His placard expired on July 1, Secretary of State spokesman Dave Drucker told the paper.

Although it is not illegal for someone to display a placard issued to someone else, it is illegal to use the placard to park in a handicapped parking area if the person it was issued to is not in the vehicle, Drucker said.

In 2013, the mayor was also working as a records clerk for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department when she pleaded guilty to a felony offense for smuggling a cell phone into a jail facility for her niece, who had been charged with assault, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

“It is an unfortunate situation for me,” she told the paper at the time. “I have been told by numerous officers that bringing money, cellphones and cigarettes into the jail is a common practice…I am a good person, and the people who really know me will tell anybody that.”

She subsequently resigned from her mayoral position, and was fired from the sheriff’s department.

As a condition of her plea agreement, Reed successfully completed chemical dependency treatment, which allowed the felony conviction to be erased from her record.

Without a felony conviction on her criminal history, Reed was able to run for mayor again, which she did.

But in December of 2016, she and seven other Illinois public officials were arrested as the result of Operation Watchtower, a joint federal and state investigation, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Reed was charged with knowingly giving or promising to give money to another person to vote or to influence that person to vote for or against any candidate, and electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.

She was re-elected as mayor in April of 2017.

In July of the same year, village trustees voted to give Reed sole authority for hiring and firing village employees.

“I think everyone has enough trust in me that I can make the decisions,” Reed told the Belleville News-Democrat at the time.

According to a criminal complaint, by December of 2017, Reed was charged for demoting Alorton Police Sergeant Leon Hughes “in retaliation for his testimony in a proceeding where [Hughes] had reasonable cause to believe that the information in this testimony disclosed a violation of state or federal law,” the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

The complaint alleged that Reed had “performed an act which she knew was forbidden by law…in that she omitted the offense of official misconduct” by violating the Illinois Whistle Blower Act, according to the paper.

Reed has pleaded not guilty to all three of the felony counts pending against her.

In February, Sgt. Hughes sued the village, Alorton Police Chief David Clark, and Reed for “shunning him,” the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Reed denied the sergeant’s allegations in a March court filing.

Comments (30)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Hmm, I wonder if stricter federal minority restrictions could have prevented this tragedy? She is, according to Reed, a "good person". I'm pretty sure that this is a racially motivated attack on this good woman's reputation (sarcasm for those that missed it).

rover77
rover77

this what race based voting brings

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

I could have guessed after reading the headline that this was probably in Illinois.......so much corruption there and people just look the other way. SMH

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Dumbfuck. This has nothing to do with race. Politicians and power seekers in general are crooked by nature, and must prove themselves otherwise.

Or are you one of those people that put a whole lot of faith in politics?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Someone seems butthurt...sailorman...hahaha

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

She went to the Kwame Kilpatrick School of Public Administration.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Funny how a race-baiter hates when another brings up race.

RunCop
RunCop

Why do they alway look so indignant ?

JBo
JBo

I particularly liked the mayor's comment, “I think everyone has enough trust in me that I can make the decisions". Given her history of her criminal decision making...that seems a bit far fetched.

EmmalineG
EmmalineG

Most astonishing - she keeps getting elected. Is she paying people for votes, in addition to her other crimes?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

you have idiots electing idiots, evolution will hopefully win out eventually

terrybuilt
terrybuilt

corrupt criminal stealing from tax payers anyway you look at !!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Funny, at least 2 White House administrators have testified in front of Congress for misappropriation of funds, and neither of them were mentioned on this "news" site.

I wonder why?

dmortex
dmortex

So much corruption in just this story alone, the state should unincorporate the village and let it go back to being just a wide place in the road.

RufusTBoone
RufusTBoone

When I look at her, why do I develop a yearning for guacaMOLE? Yep, black LIES matter

Mrs10
Mrs10

"Every nation gets the government it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre

I believe this township is bearing that out.

Eddied1954
Eddied1954

Where is her Proof of the Police Sargeants wrong owing to receive the demotion? And it sounds to me that this person obviously believes the rules Do Not Apply to her as she is the “Mayor” and I believe all people are innocent until Proven Guilty just like that guy Hardwick from AMC who was accused but not found guilty of anything yet fired from his job !! Oh Wait...he was Fired even Before his trial just because of the possibility of wrong doing? Hmmm, sounds like a miscreant at play and WHY are the citizens of this fine community allowing her to use their money inappropriately? C’mon people wake up and take your town back and only hire or elect people with YOUR Best interests at Heart!!

Sipowicz
Sipowicz

what a POS! Resign or be fired you stupid bitch, GFY!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

But she has Black Race Privilege and rules and laws that apply to others don't apply to her.

Memaw187
Memaw187

At first,I was amazed that such things could be happening but then I re-read the article.Aha! It is Illinois, home of Chicago cancer

Gramercy
Gramercy

She "rolled up the window"..knew what she was doing was illegal....hope that "takes her job" at the least!

RPG156
RPG156

Sounds like Alorton needs an enema.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Surprisingly Alorton is a suburb of the Metropolis of East St. Louis, the rectum of Illinois......

FedUpViewer
FedUpViewer

Just what I want to see...a disabled placard hanging in the window of an emergency vehicle. But then again, I think she needs it for a mental disability.

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

lol...your a good person!! Your a shit bag and will pay for all of it in the long run... LOSER!!!!

konawoman
konawoman

Is she related to Maxine Waters? The level of personal corruption would indicate so.

cspcapt
cspcapt

she looks mentally disabled