Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Questions Emerge over Callis' Illinois Residency; Documents Show She Listed Home in Missouri as Residence

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Questions Emerge over Callis' Illinois Residency; Documents Show She Listed Home in Missouri as Residence

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. * A review of real estate records shows Illinois congressional candidate Ann Callis signed documents listing her as a resident of Missouri at the same time she was a judge in Illinois.

According to copies of mortgage records obtained by the Lee Enterprises Springfield bureau, the former chief judge of Madison County signed multiple mortgage papers identifying her residence as a home on Forest Street in Kirkwood.

Campaign spokesman David Miyashiro confirmed Callis signed the documents, but he said the Democratic nominee in Illinois' 13th Congressional District is a resident of Illinois who lived in a house she owns in Troy until moving into a rental house in Edwardsville for the campaign.

He said the records reviewed by the bureau are limited in how much information they can show.

The records reveal details of a number of transactions involving the purchase and sale of real estate involving Callis and her husband, St. Louis businessman James Holloran.

Miyashiro said Holloran listed his Kirkwood house as their residence because that was all the space available on the various documents.

"Since Jim was the primary signer of that, he just put his Missouri house" on the form, Myoshiro said. "It's not like they had a space for Ann to list her actual house in Troy. If anything, its an issue of the form."

Callis is challenging first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville in a district that stretches from Madison County to Champaign-Urbana and includes all or parts of Decatur and Bloomington. Congressional candidates are not required to live in their district.

"Ann Callis is either being untruthful about her residence in Missouri or untruthful about her residence in Illinois," said Davis campaign manager Tim Butler. "These documents, attested to by a notary and signed by Callis, raise very legitimate questions as to whether she actually lived in Illinois while being an elected judge in our state. At the least, a judge and lawyer should know not to sign fraudulent documents."

It is not the first time Callis has faced questions about her real estate dealings. In November 2013, the Lee bureau reported the former chief circuit judge had previously failed to pay property taxes on her Troy home, as well as two homes owned by Holloran or the couple in Arizona. …

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