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McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker announced last year he would not seek a fourth term, and this week he told the county board he won’t complete his third term, which runs through the end of November. He said he plans to retire effective May 1.

Rich Egger

Trenton Sealock said he moved around a lot and had a lot of stepdads while growing up. He dropped out of high school when he was a sophomore and has gotten into trouble with the law ever since.  "I've come to jail for stupid crimes," he said.

Nick Petitgout received 64% of the votes cast in the Republican primary for McDonough County on Tuesday. He defeated Justin Lundgren with 25% and Bryan Baca with 10% of the votes.

TSPR Emily Boyer

McDonough County State's Attorney Matt Kwacala told Tri States Public Radio there will be an investigation of the McDonough County Sheriff's Office following the release of 911 audio recording detailing a reckless driving complaint against the sheriff from April of last year.

Bryan Baca's Public Facebook Page

Bryan Baca was born and raised in Bushnell. He now lives in Macomb. He is the only candidate of the three who does not currently work at the sheriff's office. But he said he has worked with most of the employees on staff from his time as a K-9 trainer and has the experience necessary in law enforcement and corrections to lead the department. 

Justin Lundgren's Public Facebook Page

Justin Lundgren is a detective with the McDonough County Sheriff's Department. Lundgren moved to Macomb from Tennessee, IL. He said his 25 year tenure with the sheriff’s department makes him qualified to be sheriff.

Nick Petitgout's Public Facebook Page

Nick Petitgout is the Chief Deputy at the McDonough County Sheriff's Department, which means he is second in command. Petitgout said he does not plan to implement any major changes to the office if he is elected. Rather, he would like to continue the practices in place. 

Rich Egger

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said he suffers from vertigo and he blamed the condition for the erratic driving that is the subject of a 911 complaint phoned in against him last spring. Tri States Public Radio reported the story last week, and this week TSPR talked to a medical professional to learn more about vertigo.

TSPR Emily Boyer

The three Republican candidates running to replace McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker spoke with Tri States Public Radio about the release of 911 audio recordings from last April that detail a reckless driving complaint against the Sheriff.

Rich Egger

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker has provided a written statement in response to the release of audio from a 911 call that details a reckless driving complaint against him.

On April 4, 2017, McDonough County 911 Dispatch Center operator put out a call to the Macomb Police Department and the McDonough County Sheriff's Department for assistance. It was a complaint about reckless and possibly intoxicated driver. The suspect's name was Richard VanBrooker -- who is the McDonough County Sheriff.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A third Republican has announced he wants to be McDonough County's next sheriff. Bryan Baca lives in Macomb and works for the Illinois Department of Corrections as the Operations Warden at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton.

There will be a primary election for McDonough County Sheriff next year now that a second Republican has entered the race. Justin Lundgren is a detective with the McDonough County Sheriff's Office who specializes in investigating felony cases, child abuse, and homicide.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

McDonogh County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker announced this month he will retire when his current term expires at the end of November 2018.  His number two in command has followed up quickly with the announcement that he wants to replace VanBrooker. 

Rich Egger

Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said he will not run for re-election. VanBrooker was first elected in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. His current term expires November 30, 2018.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Police said they took Kevin Corridon, 26, of 116 North Side Square in Macomb into custody without incident Wednesday morning.  He is charged with Felony Disorderly Conduct.

Courtesy Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home

Stan Carman, 77, died early Friday at McDonough District Hospital.  Carman served in the Navy and later worked in the private sector before joining the McDonough County Sheriff's Department on January 1, 1967. 

Rich Egger

Bonnie Skripps, President of the Humane Society of McDonough County, said the group does fundraising "all the time." The organization decided to use some of the cash it raised to buy infrared thermometers for law enforcement agencies in the county.

New Deputies Have a Bit of Bark

May 30, 2016
Jared DuBach/McDonough County Voice

The sheriff's departments in McDonough and Knox Counties each added a new canine officer.  One will search for people while the other will search for drugs.

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The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department reported that a two month investigation led to the arrests of seven people on charges related to drugs, including meth and heroin.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said they pulled over the driver of a car who seemed to be having trouble finding her way around the downtown area early Wednesday.

Western Illinois Dive rescue Underwater Recovery Team

A new group is looking to provide what it feels is a much-needed service in McDonough County.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The person described as the “matriarch” of a criminal enterprise in western Illinois has learned her punishment.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said three more people face charges for making methamphetamine in the Macomb area.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Six more people are in custody as part of an investigation into the sale of heroin in western Illinois.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said his office is working to prevent heroin from becoming as large of a problem as meth in the late 1990s.

Rich Egger

Rescue workers spent more than six hours searching for a western Illinois man who disappeared after the boat he was in took on water and capsized at Argyle Lake State Park.

The Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, reversed a trial court ruling in a lawsuit against the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department and one of its deputies.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

A McDonough County man is accused of seriously injuring his child.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department arrested a teenager for allegedly throwing an explosive device into an apartment complex in Bardolph.