Unsealed Records Reveal ‘Thug Persona’ of Former Alorton Mayor

George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer, News Democrat, January 11, 2014

When Randy “Rambo” McCallum won election as mayor of this impoverished community, he set out to systematically loot his town.

But the true extent of this plundering wasn’t revealed in the routine federal court documents filed after he got caught in 2012 and pleaded guilty, seven years after becoming mayor.

That changed last month when FBI affidavits for search warrants were made public through a new policy in federal court in East St. Louis.

The affidavits, based on undercover reports, agent surveillance and secret tapes, allow the public a chance to glimpse “the thug persona” of McCallum and other public officials caught in stings, said U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, who supported making the documents public.

After he was released on bond pending sentencing on four federal felonies, McCallum wept during an apology to village board trustees.

But the affidavits show that confidential FBI informants, including a village cop, told agents that when it came to ripoffs, a greedy, profane McCallum considered nothing in Alorton to be off limits and ruled by threatening to fire anyone who didn’t go along.

“I run this mother (expletive),” he repeatedly told village officials and cops. A new hire at the police department was told his entire first paycheck must be given to the mayor.

Randy McCallum

Randy McCallum

According to the affidavits, McCallum:

* Skimmed off a hefty slice of numerous phony, tax-paid grants intended to improve residences and businesses and increase taxes, then looked the other way when the recipients spent the money on personal items including boat docking fees and paying off credit cards. These illegal payouts were so numerous that a local check cashing agency ran out of money cashing the checks.

* Directed police to bring any “motherload” of seized money and drugs directly to his house, a practice that doomed prosecutions because McCallum spent the cash and sold the drug evidence.

* Ordered competing drug dealers to be robbed, advising rookie village cops they were expected to pull their share of “licks,” or robberies and split the loot with him.

* Handpicked Michael Baxton Sr., now in federal prison, as his police chief. Baxton could advise McCallum of opportunities to loot seized drugs and cash because Baxton installed surveillance cameras throughout Village Hall and the police department, which he accessed from his home computer.

* Was so confident of his power that when an Alorton Police officer whom McCallum didn’t know was working undercover for the FBI was invited to McCallum’s home, the mayor didn’t bother to hide a dozen or so crack cocaine “rocks” on his kitchen table he was preparing for sale.

* Organized “stunt crews,” police teams instructed to shake down competing dealers and drive them out of town.

* Made sure that when his village’s cops arrested any of his relatives or friends, their cases disappeared and the offending cop was threatened with firing.

This behavior drew suspicious inquiries from outside Alorton.

The theft of drugs seized in legitimate Alorton arrests caused officials at the Illinois State Police Lab in Fairview Heights in 2011 to inquire why the crime-ridden village had stopped sending drugs for testing for more than a year.

A concerned outside auditor wrote a letter to the mayor in June 2011 asking why there had been no deposits in village bank accounts since June 2010.

“The accountants noted that it was impossible that the village didn’t occasionally come into cash receipts,” an affidavit stated.

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McCallum is serving a 42-month sentence in federal prison for theft of government property, intent to distribute cocaine, attempting to smuggle contraband into a jail and lying to police. He is scheduled for release in January 2015.

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Mayor Joann Reed, who is charged in county court with felony official misconduct, also could not be reached. She is alleged to have smuggled a cellphone and fried chicken into the cell of a female relative at the village police department on charges that she assaulted a pregnant woman.

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In June 2011, McCallum summoned an Alorton cop he thought he could trust, who was secretly working for the FBI, and told him he was irked by a marijuana dealer nicknamed “The Wolf,” who was selling 20 pounds of the drug per week in Alorton. An affidavit states that McCallum told the officer to come in on overtime.

Later that night, McCallum, in a black SUV, had gathered three known drug dealers as helpers and told the undercover officer to proceed in an Alorton squad car and “make a traffic stop and take the marijuana from (“The Wolf”) and then give the drugs to the mayor.”

Undercover FBI and Illinois State Police agents tailed the SUV to make sure the caper didn’t get out of hand. But it ultimately did not come off when “The Wolf” couldn’t be found.

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He was arrested by federal agents in February 2012.

[Editor’s Note: According to the 2010 Census, Alorton, IL, is 98 percent black.]

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  • John Smith

    Now wait a minute.

    I thought only the white politicians and white police force roughed up the blacks and were dishonest.

    How could it be that a black major of a black town could do this?

  • Puggg

    Alorton is a mini-me to East St. Louis.

    Back during its more prosperous days, it got its name from “Aluminum Ore.”

  • Tarczan

    “Mayor Joann Reed, who is charged in county court with felony official misconduct, also could not be reached. She is alleged to have smuggled a cellphone and fried chicken into the cell of a female relative at the village police department on charges that she assaulted a pregnant woman.”

    Who the hell smuggles fried chicken into a jail?

    • TheCogitator

      Who the hell smuggles fried chicken into a jail?

      Ni99ers!

      • Alexandra1973

        Was grape drank also smuggled in?

        • MekongDelta69

          And Skittles and a fo’ty…

          • Rhialto

            …and fried chicken!

          • Katherine McChesney

            Where be da ribs?

    • sbuffalonative

      Stereotypes persist because they’re true.

      • indoctrination_FAIL

        Precisely. All stereotypes are true. –in a larger statistical sense–and so they persist indeed.

        It made so much sense to me when I realized it, years ago.

    • dukem1

      Someone who has a friend in jail that really likes fried chicken?
      Or someone who is really, you know, super stupid.
      Actually, your question is the one thing that struck me from this article.
      Amazing!
      A slight preview of the end of the world, coming soon to a world near yours.

    • TheCogitator

      “Who the hell smuggles fried chicken into a jail?”

      We all know, but I guess it cannot be said here.

  • dd121

    While performing his official duties does he wear a leopard robe and carry a spear? Sounds to me like he’s Africanized the job.

  • MekongDelta69

    Uh-oh; UH-OH. They used the word “thug.”

    Wait until the ACLU and the NAACP hear about this. Last week, they both got more upset that people reporting on that 2 y/o being taught how to curse, etc. were called ‘thugs,’ than they were about the behavior of the thugs.

    • Luca

      Well, in the interest of good taste, rather than say the former mayor had a “Thug-Persona” they simply could have said he had a “Negro-Persona”.

      There, see how much better that reads?

      • MekongDelta69

        So much better.

        I’m forwarding this to the New York Slimes right after I post this. I am sure they will fall right in line.
        /sarc

    • Alexandra1973

      Apparently no one’s allowed to call a spade, a spade.

  • sbuffalonative

    These revelations will only ensure that Mr. McCallum will have a job for life as a career politician in the black community.

    • Frank_DeScushin

      True. This guy is a perfect example. He was in his seventh year as mayor. That suggests he was re-elected despite being a brazen crook since Day 1. None of his underlings blew the whistle because of, well, that whole “no snitching” thing the black community has going on.

    • Brian

      …unless Marion Berry puts out a hit on him for making him look like an amateur slimeball.

  • Truthseeker

    I support nationalism for all races, but with leaders like this, I can imagine the more intelligent blacks wouldn’t be particularly happy with that arrangement. Regardless, we shouldn’t have to bear the weight of criminals-turned-politicians like this guy. He’s not one of our people.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Perfect candidate for a Presidential pardon in 2016.

  • Dave4088

    I’m sure police chief butt naked was Randy “Rambo” McCallum’s right hand man in Alorton.

  • Luca

    ” I run this mother-f****er”.

    Say, isn’t that Obama’s line?

    • Katherine McChesney

      Could also pass for a Joe Biden comment.

  • bigone4u

    Is there a black politician anywhere who isn’t a crook? Don’t say Obama because I’m not buying it. That birth certificate is fake. His wife suckers the taxpayers constantly, which should be against the law. This guy at least has style–witness the hat.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Black politicians and black ‘ministers’ seem to be the most corrupt of all blacks.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Even by black standards this is outrageous. The mayor was having all seized drugs delivered to his house immediately by the police, and this ruined every drug case. Yet none of the judges or police officers (you know, the people who swore to uphold the law) stopped the mayor’s illegal activities.

    • Luca

      Are you serious? Outrageous by black standards? Hell, this is Negro Behavior 101.

  • Spartacus

    This guy was very creative, at least by gr0id standards .

    • Whitetrashgang

      Its kind of like the James Bond flick live and let die.

  • Alexandra1973

    You put blacks in charge of anything, they don’t let you forget it!

    For a while I thought we were going to have this mulatto woman as our property manager for the apartment complex I live in (I have yet to see any blacks or Hispanics in it–of course my town is 97% White). She had an attitude.

    Thankfully it turned out to be not the case. I like the one we have now, nice woman. White.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Demographics of Alorton, Illinois, a town of about 2,800 people:

    “The racial makeup of the village was 1.56% White, 97.09% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.25% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.” (Wikipedia)

    • Alexandra1973

      In short, a third-world no-go zone.

    • Bob Wallace

      I’ve been through it many times. It’s 100% black and a ghetto.

  • John K

    Sounds like a movie script.

    42 month sentence?? That’s it?? Now that’s what I call an affirmative action conviction. If it were a white mayor doing this, he’d probably would’ve been put away for at least 25 years.

    • dukem1

      You can be sure Eric Holder will have the DOJ investigating this disparate impact!

  • OhWow

    I remember a few years ago some black guy tried to get “mother*cker” as a term officially associated with black culture.

    • WR_the_realist

      I thought it already was.

  • MBlanc46

    This is characteristic of black politicians and officials. The public treasury is seen as a personal piggy bank.

    • willbest

      Well in this particular instance it is an Illinois cultural thing not a black thing. 3 of our last 4 of the last 7 Illinois governors have served time. John “Quarters” Boyle, is a white man stole $4 million from the dept of transportation, and the dozens of other Daley cronies. Rita Crundell a white woman that embezzled 50 million from the town of Dixon. .

      Its why it blew my mind that anybody would trust Obama with the Bingo money let alone the government before hooking him up to a polygraph. But then again people are stupid.

      • saxonsun

        And the biggest crook of all was Mayor Daley of Chicago with his corrupt Irish politics. Same here in NYC with the Irish Tammany Hall.

        • willbest

          The Daleys were smart though. They were content to hold power and didn’t touch the money. Without the money trail they stayed clean while Lt. after Lt. fell.

      • MBlanc46

        You’re right, in Illinois we put black political looting on top of a general culture of corruption,

    • Jim Barlow

      Not only politicians and officials – black citizens see the treasury as a personal piggy bank! (obama phones!)

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    By this time, McCallum had taken to asking informants working for the FBI and the officer working undercover, “you’re not wired are you?” Each time he accepted “no” for an answer without patting the person down.

    At other times he still asked, “you aren’t working for ‘them people’ are you?” but accepted a verbal denial and split drug proceeds and cash.

    There’s even a racial disparity in the effectiveness of corrupt officials at hiding their crimes. You’d never see a white or Asian corrupt mayor doing something this stupid.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    ” I run this mother-f****er”.

    Yeah, right into the ground, like the rest of the blacks.

  • St. Clair County, which contains Alorton, and also ESL, is pretty much a pit through and through.

    A big but not necessarily AR-relevant scandal from the county is that one of the judges who oversaw a lot of trials of drug dealers at the county court house in Belleville was a frequent client of a bunch of black dope dealers for weed and heroin. And this was a white judge, too. Now the black militants in ESL and anywhere else in the county are pounding the drums for the release of black drug crime convicts based on this.

  • Brian

    There’s so much here…any one or two of these things would be bad enough, but the whole list? Good grief! And he gets 42 months?! How about a Mississippi Windchime? You know, pour encourager les autres.

  • Massif1

    Gay black thug. He will be running for mayor of San Francisco next.

  • WR_the_realist

    Now there’s a black mayor who was determined to out black every other black mayor. I think he succeeded, although he does have some stiff competition.

  • Katherine McChesney

    98% black. Another Detroit. I pity the 2% who remain. I, myself, would be too frightened to live there.

    • Erasmus

      More people should take a good look at Africa. When you elect or hire Africans, you have the right to expect only African quality work.

  • Katherine McChesney

    New York leadership seems to be a joke.

  • libertarian1234

    “Mayor of all-black village in Illinois was fond of saying “I run this mother fucker.”

    And I have no doubt the blacks will suggest putting up his statue someplace with that very inscription at the base, never once seeing anything wrong with it.

    Blacks belong in Africa in a land-locked country, so their population can’t escape as boat people.

  • shmo123

    “She is alleged to have smuggled a cellphone and fried chicken into the cell of a female relative…”
    I don need no key gurl, or no file–jez get me some fried chicken–oh yeah, and my sail phone, don be forgettin my sail phone.
    I’ll be laughing all day about this. I hope she didn’t forget the hot sauce.

  • Erasmus

    Mayor Joann Reed, who is charged in county court with felony official misconduct, also could not be reached. She is alleged to have smuggled a cellphone and fried chicken into the cell of a female relative at the village police department on charges that she assaulted a pregnant woman.

    I’m gonna guess her honor is/was a 400 pound sheboon who smuggled said items in under her big-top-sized skirt, between her sweaty thighs.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    There’s no surprise here. I would be shocked if he wasn’t robbing drug dealers, stealing evidence, selling drugs and all the other thuggish behavior. This is their natural state of governance. That’s why we see such amazing corruption across the entire African continent. This is who they are, this is what they do, and I guarantee that Barry Obamis Soetoro is no different. It’s all about the GIB$ with these people, all about the GIB$!

  • scutum

    Bantu Aspirations: All I want is enough money to buy a cadillac and stay high!

  • MarcB1969

    This is the typical of how most of them act on once they achieve any level of authority, but it’s especially noticeable when they become mayor. The former mayor of Memphis, Willie Herenton was Memphis’ local example for nearly two decades. Obama sure enjoys ridiculously lavish vacations and trips and the stroke of the pen to invoking executive office powers to bypass representative governance. They sure can’t seem to help from acting like African strongman dictators given half a chance.

  • MBlanc46

    Some whites, but in Illinois a great many of these black political thieves represent all black, or mostly black, constituencies.