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Nick Petitgout

Rich Egger

An investigation into the McDonough County Sheriff's office is over.  State's Attorney Matt Kwacala said the Illinois Attorney General's office told him it will not take action against Sheriff Rick VanBrooker or anyone else regarding a reckless driving complaint against VanBrooker.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.