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Madison Co. State’s Atty Special Investigator caught at liquor store in county vehicle –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 21, 2019

Madison Co., IL. (ECWd) –

Otis Steward, Special Investigator for the Madison County State’s Attorney, was spotted entering the driver’s side of a Madison County vehicle with what the source of the photo said was a case of Budweiser that he had just purchased after parking the vehicle outside of a liquor store. This photo was taken at 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

According to Madison County Policy, Section C. Violations, subparagraph 2(c)and (d), Steward violated county policy in two ways, first by parking at a liquor store, and second by transporting alcoholic beverages in a county vehicle.

Madison County Policy:

  • C(2)(c):  No alcoholic beverages (whether opened or unopened) . . . may be transported in county-owned vehicles.
  • C(2)(d):  County vehicles shall not be parked in front of or in a parking lot associated with taverns or liquor stores unless employees are on official business . . .

We ask the Madison County State’s Attorney to make sure his employees know that people are looking at them as an example, and the example being set it not very good.

Otis Steward retired as Police Chief from Wood River in February of 2018.

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  • Paul Drake
    Posted at 13:43h, 22 February

    But, don’t you know? He was using that alcoholic beverage in conjunction with a Madison County sting operation ! ( NOT ! )

  • cassandraclements
    Posted at 08:54h, 23 February

    Oh come on now he has a badge and is above those laws and any rules, those laws and rules were made for everyone else, or anyone who gets out of line and outs the rotten corruption going on. Everyone knows there are two Justice systems in Madison County IL one for the powerful “well connected” elitist and another unjust one for everyone else, just ask the Public Defender. He will tell you himself that “we interpret the laws and rules the way we want to around here” in Madison County IL.