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Mayor’s Spending Records Withheld Until After His Reelection

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Three days after the re-election of the mayor of Harvey, Ill, records on his spending that had been requested by the Southtown newspaper a year earlier were finally released. The city explained that they had been unable to find the records because many were mistakenly in the mayor’s “personal file.” The paper said some records are still missing but that what’s available shows the mayor of the economically depressed town “made interesting use of taxpayer dollars,” including $1,800 on jewelry for “Christmas gifts”; $3,900 to help someone finance a child-custody battle in Minnesota; and $400 for tickets to a golf tournament sponsored by the school district where the mayor works. (4/30/07)