SPRINGFIELD — The former Madison County judge seeking to represent Illinois' 13th Congressional District has a history of failing to pay her property taxes on time, a review of public documents shows.
Ann Callis of Edwardsville, who stepped down as chief circuit judge earlier this year to run for the Democratic nomination for Congress, currently is delinquent on her taxes on two Scottsdale, Ariz., properties, according to a review of online statements at the Maricopa County treasurer's office.
In Illinois, Madison County records show Callis was delinquent on her 2009 property taxes for a home in Troy, requiring her to pay about $679 in added penalties in 2011 to fix the problem.
Callis spokesman Marshall Cohen said Thursday the campaign was reviewing tax records.
"We are trying to clarify all this," Cohen told the Times' Springfield Bureau.
He suggested the tax issue with the Troy home may not have been Callis' fault.
"She paid it as soon as she realized it was due," Cohen said.
The tax problems come to light as Callis is working to fend off University of Illinois physics professor George Gollin and David Green of Champaign in the March 2014 Democratic primary.
Callis has the financial backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a bid to wrest the central Illinois district from GOP control.
The primary winner will take on either freshman U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville or his GOP primary opponent, Urbana attorney Erika Harold, in the November general election.
Financial disclosure forms show Callis and her husband, attorney James Halloran, own properties in Troy, Scottsdale, St. Louis and Breckenridge, Colo.
Those forms, filed in July when she launched her bid for office, show Callis has assets worth at least $3.3 million, ranging from the real estate to stock in John McGurk's Irish Pub in St. Louis.
The financial statements show Callis had an income last year of more than $1.2 million from her judicial salary and various investments, a figure that doesn't include her husband's earnings as a St. Louis attorney and director of Commercial Bank in St. Louis.
The figures show Callis is the wealthiest of the candidates who have filed reports. Gollin lists assets worth at least $2.2 million from several investments. Harold's assets total at least $216,000.
Davis, a former aide to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Collinsville, reported assets worth at least $85,000.
Callis' real estate holdings are detailed on a separate financial disclosure form filed in March.
A cross-check of the Arizona addresses with the Maricopa County treasurer's office found the couple was late paying their property tax payments in 2007 and 2008 on a home on North Via Del Sendero in Scottsdale. They later paid nearly $1,200 in interest and fees to bring the taxes up to date, records show.
The treasurer's office also shows the couple is delinquent on the first installment of their 2013 taxes and has been assessed a $14 penalty.
The couple also owns a home on East Del Cadena Drive in Scottsdale, where they owe the county $140 for taxes due in 2012 and about $2,500 for the first payment in 2013. The couple has been assessed $34 in fees because the 2013 taxes also are late.
Cohen said Callis paid the $140 penalty for 2012 after it was brought to her attention by a reporter Thursday morning. He said the payment should be processed by today.
"As soon as anything was brought to Ann's attention, the fees were paid in full," Cohen said in a prepared statement.