Take a look at the newspaper clipping to the right. Actually, just the first paragraph will do. And if you’re having issues reading it, just click on the image for a larger view. As a matter of fact, let’s make this as simple as possible. Here’s what it says:
The city of Harvey is paying $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit accusing Mayor Eric Kellogg and a police detective of sending a man to prison because they wrongly thought he stole cocaine from them.
Source: Chicago Sun Times
To be honest, I don’t have much to say about that. It’s stunning, really. I could bash the voters of Harvey (Illinois) for electing this guy, but that would fall of deaf ears. Not only did they elect him once, they’ve re-elected him twice! He’s held the position of Mayor since 2004.
In 2006, Mayor Kellogg ordered a police detective to take a gun seized from a convicted drug felon and make it “vanish” from evidence (Daily Southtown). The gun was later returned to the convicted felon’s family, again on Kellogg’s orders.
Mayor Eric Kellogg was reelected the following year.
A True Crime Report story from 2010 titled Top 5 White Collar Villains, had Mayor Kellogg in the top spot. Five relatives are on the city’s payroll – including a $170,000 position to his niece as city attorney. He, himself, was double dipping as mayor and School Superintendent earning him an additional $202,000 for the latter. It also goes into his cocaine stash being stolen.
Mayor Eric Kellogg was reelected the following year.
Just yesterday – April 22, 2013 – the front-page of the Chicago Sun Times exposed Mayor Kellogg and the City of Harvey for paying Mustapha Farrakhan, son of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, for part-time police work. The young Farrakhan has a police badge, drives an unmarked Harvey Police squad car, and is registered with the state to carry a gun as an official City of Harvey policeman.
Yet Mustapha Farrakhan hasn’t worked a single shift in four years.
The list goes on:
The son of a former school board president who was convicted of fraud for stealing $10,000 in student aid money from the State of Illinois – was rehired by Mayor Kellogg and the City of Harvard. (Chicago Tribune).
A Harvey mayoral candidate running against Mayor Kellogg was falsely arrested for political gains.
The Illinois Press Association put the City of Harvey third on their list of “worst offenders in the state when it comes to the Illinois Open Meetings Act and the Illinois Freedom of Information Act” (Daily Southtown)
And yet, does anyone care to place a bet – right now – who will be Mayor of Harvey when the next election rolls around?
We can talk all we want about the fighting between Democrats and Republicans; about the problems in Washington, Springfield or (insert your state capital here). We can argue until we’re blue in the face that our elected officials put themselves and their party ahead of those they represent.
The bottom line is that we’re responsible. We elect these people (and in the case of the City of Harvey, re-elect them) based on party affiliation, 10-second media sound bytes, perhaps sex, race or color, what have you.
Until such time We the people take the power back and demand our officials represent our best interests and not those of themselves, their political party or other special interest groups, there really is no one to blame except ourselves.
Oh, and the people of Harvey, Illinois.
I went over to the polls to vote today, 4-7-2015 and there was a so called discrepancy with my address, because I live next to one of the many abandoned buildings. The poll worker told me that I was living in the abandoned house next door to the building that I live in. She told me that I could vote this time but I need to get that straightened out. It is not my responsibility to straighten out this mess. Mayor Kellogg is a real crook. Something needs to be done to get him out of office.!
Wow, Sandra. That’s kinda sad.
If that’s true, however – IF the poll worker truly believed you provided them with a false address but gave you a pass and still let you vote “this time” – that’s just adds another layer of ineptitude in Harvey’s election.
one day we all got to pay for what we do down here.some things we try to sweep under the rug .but god know how its should be .we are not getting away with anyanything as long god is in control??
Personally, I’m surprised at the traffic this story (from a couple of years ago) is getting.
Apparently Kellogg is the news again and is being investigated for burning down a political opponent’s election headquarters.
Well that was my brother frame n they still trying to frame him again. If u fight for ur right i guess they would continue to do dirty towards people family when will it end. This stops now n don’t forget about Keith price, and some of Harvey police n staff. Serve and protect how we need protection from them. Please go out and vote 2015.
Why is this article being passed around again anyway???
Better Kellogg rather than some prejudice prick….
You people don’t seem to realize
We as a black race have been under European influences to the point we have become just like them on the corruption scale of morality.
Europe must be destroyed
If that was your family none of those words would have left your mouth you can sit him in the same sit as a prejudice people. If you really don’t know the fact your mouth should not comment it was more then my brother that it happened to nobody said anything
there are plenty of competent qualified Mayors who are of color that represent and take care of their communities, why must it be a race issue?
Kellogg is a prejudice prick but when it comes to corruption, illegal activities, election fraud and now apparent arson – race is irrelevant .
I honestly do not believe he was electeed this last time. There was truly some funny business going on before and during the election.
The man should be in prison. He’s done far worse than Blagojevich and Ryan combined.
So why isn’t he he sent my son to prison for something he wasn’t involved in they set him up and gave him 50 years. Bastard yeah vote for Kellogg.,
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Understand, Its rather easy for Mr Eric Kellogg to stay the Mayor as long as he wants. Of the 30 thousand residents living in Harvey only about two to three thousand people go out and vote. As long as Mr Kellogg keep a good one thousand people on hand and have a couple of his friends/crony’s run against him during election time to split the vote he’ll be the Mayor as long as he like. Simple math.
So true you just spoke it.
Don’t forget he is related or have ties with most as well.
I agree with you. If the folks don’t come out and vote we are going to keep getting the same results. We need folks to vote. It’s more then
13,000 registered voters in the City of Harvey. They need to come out and let their vote speak. There’s a need to rally folks before it’s an election.Folks need to know how important it is to get involved in your own community. This City .(Harvey) and it citizens needs to get it together.I am so sad. I want to do something, the next mayoral election folks need to get as any of the 13000 registered voter in Harvey, to the poll. We need the numbers if we want change. Just saying!
Some people have no shame including JJ, JJJr. and Sharpton et al.
It’s sad, really. I get how power can be corrupting, but the balls on some of these guys are just plain huge. And again, shame on the people for keeping them around…
It’s a bit like Capone, one of the worst criminals, yet the public loved him. Although, with all the corruption in Harvey, who’s to say that the public actually ellected him? Those ellections could very well be rigged.