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BLOOMINGTON — There’s been another delay in the case against the president of Central Illinois Arena Management, who is accused of mishandling money during the decade he managed the city-owned arena then known as U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Illinois State Police Agent Daniel Rossiter is needed in court to testify in a motion to suppress evidence in the case against John Y. Butler. Rossiter recently had surgery, lawyers told McLean County Judge William Yoder on Tuesday, and said is not expected to be available until Aug. 5. Scheduling conflicts pushed those arguments to Aug. 28.

“I would like to keep this moving forward as much as possible,” Yoder said. “This is kind of getting to be an old case and there have been a number of setbacks that have been nobody’s fault.”

Butler faces more than 40 criminal charges related to the 10 years his management firm, CIAM, supervised operations of the former arena. The charges include theft of public funds, wire fraud, and tax-related offenses.

The facility now is under different management and is known as Grossinger Motors Arena.

Four others CIAM managers were charged in 111 indictments returned in September 2017. A judge later dismissed theft charges against former general manager Bart Rogers and former assistant manager of finance, Kelly Klein. Theft and other felony charges remain against CIAM employee Paul Grazar, who is scheduled for a plea hearing on July 19.

A plea agreement was reached in November between the state and Jay Laesch, former finance director of BMI Concessions, who was sentenced to probation on charges of money laundering and filing a fraudulent sales tax return.

On Tuesday, defense attorneys told the judge they believe they have received all of the documents seized by Illinois State Police during their investigation. A year ago, lawyers for Butler complained that the state had barred Butler from accompanying his lawyers to review the contents of more than 70 boxes of his business records.

The judge ruled the state must provide copies of those documents. The defense team is still going through the documents after some confusion on the labeling on some of the files.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.