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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cleaning Up from Western Illinois Storms

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Tom Williams

Patty and Carl Sloan managed to escape injury Tuesday evening by reaching the basement of their home outside Avon just as a powerful storm hit.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The Illinois Supreme Court said there is sufficient evidence to convict a McDonough County man of killing a young child.

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.

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The McDonough County Board Finance Committee decided against providing funding for the sheriff department’s dive rescue team.

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.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said two people arrested Thursday were major heroin dealers in the region.

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.

Rich Egger

Picking up trash for a few hours might not sound like an exciting activity, but if you're locked up you might jump at any chance to get outside for a while.

That is the thinking behind a jail inmate work program started by McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker. He considers it a good use of resources.

“The taxpayers pay for the inmates' medical, their food, this facility (the jail). This is a program where they can get something back from the system,” VanBrooker said.

McDonough County will upgrade security at its courthouse by the end of the year.

Sheriff Rick Van Brooker has been pushing for the upgrade. He says it will act as a deterrent.

He says, “I thought it was important that we did it right the first time. A lot of research went into it, a lot of time. And at this point I feel confident with what we'll get.”

The system will record video constantly and store it for several days. The sheriff says it will require virtually no maintenance and should provide years of service.

The McDonough County courthouse will take the first step toward becoming a “secure courthouse.” Sheriff Rick VanBrooker said the county is a bit behind the times when it comes to security. He said a new video monitoring system will close the gap.

The county is advertising for bids. VanBrooker would like to have a battery of 18 cameras to monitor entrances, hallways, stairwells and the courtrooms.

Cost is a consideration but not the only one.