DECATUR, Ill. — A special prosecutor investigating misconduct allegations involving Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott won’t file criminal charges but a grand jury recommends an independent review of his office.

The grand jury findings filed in a Macon County court Friday say “toxic and threatening” work conditions including favoritism, inadequate record keeping, retaliation and abuse of power existed in the office. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the grand jury recommended the findings be forwarded to the Illinois Attorney and Registration Disciplinary Commission, which investigates allegations of wrongdoing against lawyers.

A petition filed in September by a Macon County board member and a local attorney alleged misconduct, including allowing employees to engage in electioneering. Former McLean County Prosecutor Stephanie Wong was appointed special prosecutor.

Scott has denied wrongdoing. He declined comment Friday.

Information from: Herald & Review,

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