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Alorton Mayor Reed arrested again on felony charges over Sept. 15 use of police car


By Record News | Sep 29, 2018

Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed was arrested Friday on charges stemming from her alleged use of a police car with its spotlight and red and blue lights activated while traveling eastbound on I-64 near Highway 157 on Sept. 15.

Edgar County Watchdogs included a link to an Illinois State Police radio dispatch of the incident.

Reed was arrested on a bench warrant for two Class 3 felonies of official misconduct - "forbidden act" and "obtaining personal advantage." A third Class A traffic citation involves her alleged use of police equipment.

Jo Ann Reed

According to records at St. Clair County Circuit Clerk's office, the case has pending grand jury actions.

Class 3 felonies are punishable by between two and five years in prison.

The Democrat politician has a troubled history. 

She faces trial after November's general election for alleged vote buying, a Class 4 felony. Class 4 felonies are punishable by minimum one year imprisonment.

In July 2014, Reed pleaded guilty to a felony charge of smuggling a cell phone into the Alorton jail for an incarcerated relative. Former chief judge John Baricevic sentenced her to probation for the offense, and she was subsequently removed from office.

In spite of her felony conviction record, she was elected again as mayor in April 2017.

Her first and only order of business after having been sworn in the following month was "approval of a new vehicle for the Mayor's Office," according to a KMOV report.

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