A rally is being held this morning in front of the Madison County Administration Building in support of the county's Superintendent of the Veteran's Assistance Commission. Brad Lavite was barred from entering the county administration building after police video of a violent incident in which he kicked out a window and threatened an officer.
The incident is said to be the result of a medical episode related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. County officials are seeking assurances of safety and security from the V.A.C. before allowing Lavite to return to his office. County Board member and member of the board's bi-partisan Veterans Caucus, Michael "Doc" Holliday of Alton, says talks have slowed down as communication is now going through Lavite's lawyer.
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Despite the ban, Lavite has received regular paychecks. The organizers of the rally say the ruling prohibiting Lavite from entering the county administration building is a violation of his civil rights and sends the wrong message to veterans throughout the Metro-East. Today's rally will take place at 10am at the plaza between the administration building and courthouse.