Chaos at Cahokia city council meeting over layoffs and closure of food pantry

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CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR) – Tuesday night’s Cahokia Village board meeting got so out of hand with yelling it only lasted ten minutes and then Mayor Curtis McCall shut it down. The meeting discussions were filled with accusations and a lot more. Then the anger and frustration spilled down to the food pantry where some said the woman running it was stealing and others said no way.

The meeting started on time and the room was packed at the Cahokia Village hall. The first thing Mayor Curtis McCall discussed was the changes to the city's food pantry saying it would be reopened in a few days with new leadership. He also says it`s not about race. The new person in charge is a white female the same as the woman he fired. The mayor added there were signs and claims of discrimination at the pantry.

There was also a vote listed on the night’s agenda regarding the termination of personnel. One employee claims that 13 members of the water, sewer, streets and electrical departments were being laid off and 7 ran against the new mayor. The mayor has not responded to those claims. The vote never happened because the meeting was cut short. At least one person was removed by police and taken into custody.

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