Harvey officials investigate use of public building
February 6, 2006 (WLS) -- Some officials in Harvey are calling for an investigation into a Super Bowl party held at a public hall Sunday that allegedly involved adult entertainment. They want to know if the public facility was used improperly.
The Gloria Taylor Banquet Hall and Recreation Center, usually used for weddings, receptions and seminars, was rented to a local man for the Super Bowl Party. During the game, city leaders received calls that strippers were entertaining at the party and Harvey Police officers and officials were present.
"I think that's terrible. It's terrible exposure for our park district. We're trying to accomplish so many things at this time," said Keith Price, Harvey Park District commissioner.
Harvey Park District Commissioner Keith Price said he saw the park district president and some of the mayor's bodyguards outside the facility around 9p.m. He said everyone else had cleared out.
"To use the actual park district facilities for such an event, I think it looks bad for the park district and for any other officials that happen to be in that building," said Price.
A spokesperson for Harvey's mayor and police department said the police chief went to investigate whether Harvey officers were working the event.
"There were no on-duty police officers working at that function, nor were there any off-duty officers contracted by the park district or the sponsors of that event to work there," said Sandra Alvarado, City of Harvey spokeswoman.
The facility falls under the Harvey Park District jurisdiction. All rentals are done through their Harvey office.
"The park district rented the center for the purpose of a Super Bowl party and nothing else. Once informed of the allegation, the park district president and Mayor Kellogg went to investigate. They found no officials and no adult entertainment taking place," said Steve Miller, Attorney for Harvey Park District.
Miller said if the investigation determines the building was used for adult entertainment, the Harvey Park District would likely revise its rental policy to ensure it would not happen again.
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