The Superintendent of the Veteran’s Assistance Commission in Madison County has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, and some county officials, in an attempt to get back into his office. At the same time, an Illinois Appellate Court has overturned a state lawsuit dismissal in Madison County Court by Brad Lavite, over similar claims.
In March of 2015, Lavite had a medical episode related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and kicked out the back window of a Wood River Police car and threatened officers. He was charged, and later paid a fine, and his doctors said he was fit to return to work. Lavite suffers from PTSD after injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. However, a county employed doctor disagreed on the matter and Lavite was barred by County Administrator Joe Parente from entering county buildings, including using his office in the County Administration Building in Edwardsville. Lavite continues to work for the VAC and currently meets clients elsewhere, but filed a lawsuit last Friday in federal court against the county and several officials in order to be allowed back into his office. In the meantime, an Illinois Appellate Court ruled last Friday that a similar lawsuit filed in Madison County Court that was dismissed last fall should be reinstated. In that suit, Lavite also sought to get back into his office, sought to have his checks processed and have the VAC attorney paid. That suit will go back before Judge Stephen Stobbs for review.