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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.