A special prosecutor is likely to be named in the assault case against Illinois State University President Tim Flanagan. McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers says he'll ask for outside help in determining whether criminal charges will be brought against Flanagan because Chambers' wife is employed by the university. Last week, former ISU grounds chief R. Patrick Murphy filed a complaint with ISU police, alledging Flanagan berated him over aeration being done on the lawn of the President's House on Gregory Street. Murphy accuses Flanagan off being too close, that saliva from Flanagan hit Murphy, and that Flanagan's arm brushed Murphy. Murphy was fired days later, only a few days before his probationary period in his job was due to end and Civil Service protection was due to kick in. In a statement released by his attorney, Flanagan denies the charges and says the long delay between the incident and when it was reported to police suggests there is reason to question the motives of Murphy's actions.
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