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A judge has ruled the Illinois Attorney General's Office should appoint a special prosecutor to look into alleged criminal activity within Madison County government. The ruling comes after a special investigative task force looking into corruption within county government raided several offices late last year, and legal rulings were sought over the job of the Madison County State's Attorney in connection with the case.
During those raids computers and documents were removed, but authorities have remained tight lipped about what they were looking for. Circuit Judge Jerry Crisel from the 2nd Circuit in Mount Vernon ruled Thursday that the Madison County State's Attorney could not both defend the county and lead investigations in the Madison County Public Corruption Task Force. According to a report in The Telegraph, Crisel ordered the AG's office to appoint an outside attorney who could investigate alleged criminal activity being committed by Madison County officials, officers or employees in, or related to, their official capacities from December 1, 2016, until the appointment of the special prosecutor is terminated by order of the court. The prosecutor may also look into those outside county government who may have broken state laws and can also seek additional warrants and other means of investigation. He also ruled that Madison County will foot the bill for the special prosecutor.