Special prosecutor to review levee board’s repair contracts

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A special prosecutor in southwestern Illinois will review a levee district’s repeated use of an auto body shop owned by its president. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons is seeking the independent review of the business relationship between the Metro East Sanitary District and Andy’s Auto Body & Towing, a Madison company owned by district president Andy Economy. The newspaper reported last month that the district’s executive director crashed his government-owned SUV five times in the past three years. The board president’s towing shop repaired that car three times as part of more than $33,000 worth of work for the district in that time period. Madison County board chairman Alan Dunstan is calling for a broader review of the county’s ethics and bidding policies.