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FOX 32 investigates ex-congressman Mel Reynolds

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

After a long day of campaigning for his old congressional seat, Mel Reynolds is probably headed for bed soon. But, the question is: where?

At a news conference Wednesday announcing his run for congress, Reynolds seemed to stumble on a simple question: where do you live?

"I live at 221…my address is 221…I'm renting. South 138th Street. In Dolton," Reynolds stammered.

That address doesn't exist, but there is a 221 East 138th Street. When FOX 32's Dane Placko showed Reynolds' picture to neighbors, they didn't seem to recognize him.

"Nah, I've never seen that man because that man don't stay there," one man said.

Another woman laughed when asked if she had seen him, followed by a "no" reply.

But a man named Rodney, who says he owns the home, says Reynolds rents a bedroom there. He just couldn't tell us when he moved in.

"He hasn't lived here that long," says Rodney.

When asked if he could say how long Reynolds has lived there, Rodney replied, "no, not at this time."

Reynolds wouldn't go on camera, but pointed out repeatedly over the phone that he doesn't have to live in the 2nd district to run for the seat, which is true.

He says he moved in two weeks ago, but wouldn't say where he lived before.

His driver's license is registered to a UPS store in Bronzeville and he says he drives two cars: an SUV with retired congressional plates and a Jaguar.

But, the Secretary of State's office says that could be a problem.

"The driver's license, Dane, has been canceled," Dave Druker of the Secretary of State's office explains. "He had written a check to the Secretary of State's office that bounced."

Druker says Reynolds should not be driving at all.

That bad check is just the start of Reynolds' financial problems. Cook County records show he's been sued by several creditors and was kicked out of this property on King Drive.

The lawyer who represented him on that case then turned around and sued Reynolds for non-payment. He won a judgment for more than $12,000, which Reynolds still hasn't paid.

"Well actually I was happy [when I found out he was running], because if he wins at least I know he has a job and I can garnish his congressional salary and it will make my day much better," says Ring.

Reynolds wouldn't explain why he hasn't paid the judgment, saying only that it was about "disputed legal fees."

As for his job, Reynolds said Thursday that he owns a firm called Reynolds Consulting. When we told him we could find no such firm in the state's corporate database, he said it isn't registered and that it's something he does out of his home.

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