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Madison County IT department searched; Under 'same umbrella' of January raids

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 14, 2018

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Four months after several Madison County offices were raided by a multi-jurisdictional task force, another search warrant was executed Monday in the IT department, according to a Madison County official. 

Lieutenant David Vucich said the search was part of an ongoing investigation and “under the same umbrella” as the high profile raid on January 10. 

In January, eight search warrants were executed at the Madison County administration building, where computers and other records were taken from the offices of IT director Rob Dorman, Madison County administrator Doug Hulme and the county’s former FOIA officer Cynthia Ellis. 

Shortly after the raid, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office issued a press release stating that they received evidence of possible illegal conduct by unnamed county officials in the later months of 2017. 

Gibbons responded by calling for the formation of a special investigative task force, which includes law enforcement officers from the Alton, Edwardsville and Collinsville police departments, as well as officers from the Illinois State Police and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. 

At a May 10 hearing to determine whether a conflict of interest exists, Gibbons said he called for the task force but has remained distanced from investigation. 

“I needed someone to do something with this information I received,” Gibbons said at the hearing. 

Dorman could not be reached for comment. 

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