Elderly library board members charged with misconduct

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. - The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged an elderly couple Monday for allegedly failing to disclose their involvement with a company that was doing business with the local library.

The couple, identified as 72-year-old Van Long and 70-year-old Eileen Long, sits on the East Alton Library Board.

According to the indictment, in June 2013, the library board awarded a contract for a new roof to BCK I, LLC. A check was issued for one-third the amount of the bid, $6,665.67, as part of the bid agreement.

In August 2013, the manager of the East Alton Library informed the board of a potential conflict of interest involving the Longs and BCK I, LLC. The board eventually voted to rescind the award and the money was returned to the board a week later. The Longs, who abstained from voting to rescind the bid, claimed they were unaware of any conflict of interest.

An investigation revealed that the Longs' daughters are officially listed as owners of BCK I, LLC in Illinois, but Van and Eileen Long are active with the company, which includes making financial transactions on company accounts.

The couple was charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of prohibited interest in contracts for failing to disclose their interest in the company while voting on a contract that would have benefited them financially.

Bond for Van and Eileen Long were set at $20,000 each. They are not in custody. If convicted, both could face anywhere from probation to 2-5 years in prison on the misconduct charge, and probation to 1-3 years on the prohibited interest charge.


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