You Paid For It questions employment of township supervisor’s wife

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MADISON, IL (KPLR) - A sit-down interview turns sour and turns to name calling when You Paid For It questions a metro east township official about hiring his own wife Debbie Economy as his assistant in the township office in Madison, Illinois, all on the taxpayers' dime.

Not only is his wife paid $61,000 a year, but Supervisor Andy Economy gets to decide his wife's pay raises. Her salary has doubled over the last 11 years.

Supervisor Economy got testy over Elliott Davis's questions, saying at one point, "You want to talk like an idiot, I'll treat you like and idiot."

Elliott responded: "I'm not being an idiot. I'm asking you why you hired your wife for a job."

The supervisor admits his nepotism by attempting to point fingers elsewhere.

"I'm not the only one doing it," Economy said. He declined to name those other people.

Some pretty testy moments in this encounter, even though the interview was set up in advance, and the supervisor knew we were coming.

Debbie Economy works in the same office as her husband. He says hiring his wife had the approval township board, adding that he couldn't find anyone better to do the job as one of his assistants.