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Elected officials in the City of
Harvey, Illinois are going to be missing their paychecks, as the decades of
over-spending and over-taxing finally come home for the politicians responsible
for the crisis.
Elected officials in
Harvey learned Thursday they would not be getting paid this pay cycle due to
the city's "financial constraints," according to an email obtained by
the Daily Southtown.
Louis B. Williams notified officials early Thursday afternoon that the city
could not pay them this pay period but hoped to process payments as early as
within a week.
"Due to the
financial constraints the City is experiencing, we are unable to pay elected
officials for this current pay period 01/05/18," reads the email, which
Williams sent to the mayor, aldermen, the treasurer, the clerk, the deputy
clerk[,] and a mayoral aide. "Regarding your paychecks, we will
keep you all updated, as we are hoping to process them sometime next week if
funding is available. Thank you for your patience and understanding
at this time."
The brief communication
prompted email responses from multiple aldermen, who claimed they had been left
in the dark about the city's financial state and requested that a meeting be
called to discuss the matter, emails provided by one of the aldermen show.
Harvey, Illinois is, to be frank, a basket case of
mismanagement. Half a year ago, the Chicago Tribune editorial
To live in Harvey is to
live in a perpetual state of municipal dysfunction. The city's mismanagement
spans decades. Police pensions went unpaid for
years. Rape kits languished on a shelf when they should have been
sent to a lab for analysis – a lag time, prosecutors say, in which some of the
suspects in those cases raped again. In 2015, when the city's police
desperately needed squad cars, Mayor Eric Kellogg's administration used $51,000
in federal grant money to get the mayor an SUV.
Harvey, Illinois Mayor Eric Kellogg
The city has a long history of
switching money around from intended (and legal) uses to cover shortfalls elsewhere. The
Trib editorial, focused on water system failures, noted:
Water fund revenue was
used to cover budget deficits and meet the payroll of non-water department
workers. The misspending of water revenue also included payments to
Kay Jewelers, a Kohl's department store[,] and a college savings
account. Harvey officials say they discovered those fraudulent
payments and made sure the money was paid back. "It is
undisputed that Harvey's water fund finances are in disarray," [Judge]
Pantle wrote in her ruling, "and are being unlawfully raided by Harvey's
government to pay for non[-]water-related expenses."
Apparently, there are no more
accounts to be looted to pay the pols. Or, in Margaret Thatcher's
words, "eventually, you run out of other people's money."
How long will it be until demands for
a federal bailout are heard? Illinois has too many problems of its
own to start bailing out its municipalities. Keep in mind that
Harvey's population is over three quarters black, according to the 2010 census.
Ed. Taxpayer dollars used for debts at Kay Jewelers and the purchase of an SUV for the mayor rather than legitimate city expenses? Seems IMPOSSIBLE doesn't it!