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Governor Vetos Bill to Change Metro East Sanitary District Structure

July 18, 2018 - 10:42 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It overwhelmingly passed the legislature, but Illinois' governor has vetoed a bill that would have changed the makeup of the Metro East Sanitary District.

The bill would have removed a board member from Madison County, a Republican, and replaced them with the Granite City mayor, a Democrat. Commissioner Don Sawicki says they don't need a shakeup.

“This year we are finally in the black for the first time in approximately 10 years, and we’d like to keep that progress going. We’ve started a lot of projects, just gotten off the ground, and we’d like to see them through,” he says.

MESD had been beset by flooding and financial problems until recently. Governor Rauner, in issuing the veto, says the measure would have allowed political manipulation to interfere with good management practices.