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UPDATED 11:40 a.m. | The Woodford County sheriff's department says the armed-and-dangerous suspect in a string of vehicle thefts was spotted Sunday in rural Secor. He remains at large.

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A woman from Normal died in a motorcycle crash Tuesday night in rural Carlock.

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Local police departments are feeling the heat from civil unrest in cities where police-involved deaths have sparked violent protests, according to McLean County law enforcement leaders.

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A 28-year-old man died early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash south of Colfax, authorities said.

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UPDATED 11 a.m. | McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder has identified the driver who was killed in a one-car crash Thursday morning near LeRoy.

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The McLean County state’s attorney and sheriff said it’s not so easy to say how they will enforce executive orders from Gov. JB Pritzker.

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Gov. JB Pritzker's new requirement that everyone wear a mask in public during the pandemic has created a problem for gun owners.

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UPDATED 11:15 A.M. | McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said preliminary results from an autopsy conducted Sunday morning show the 31-year-old Downs man whose body was found in a private pond on Saturday had drowned. 

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Search crews from throughout McLean County haven't given up hope that they will find a man from Downs who has been missing since Saturday morning.

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The shelter-in-place order Gov. JB Pritzker issued last week to limit the spread of the coronavirus has many more people working from home and less work for police in McLean County.

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Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

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Law enforcement officials say a recent state law to make court fines and fees fair has unfairly punished police departments.

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UPDATED 6 a.m. | McLean County sheriff's police said early Saturday they had captured Thomas Benge and he was taken back into custody. Benge is being held at the McLean County jail.

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The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police is traveling the state inviting individuals, elected officials, and the media to engage in various simulations of use-of-force scenarios so they can experience the split-second decision-making officers encounter.

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A Bellflower woman died in a house fire early Sunday morning, according to McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said the jail expansion became fully operational earlier this month as staff and inmates have been moving into the new space.

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About 60 law enforcement leaders from across the region gathered Monday at Heartland Community College to share data and intelligence.

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McLean County officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on a nearly $40 million jail expansion.

McLean County administrators and elected officials will wait to comment on a drowning at Evergreen Lake. County Administrator Bill Wasson and Board Chair John McIntyre said they will defer comment on whether additional safety measures are needed until the investigation is closed.

Deena Rogers, 71, of Washington drowned when her vehicle went into Evergreen Lake at Comlara Park late Friday.

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The McLean County Sheriff’s Department rolled out a new program Wednesday to tackle the county's opioid epidemic that's taken 78 lives since 2015.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Thursday he’s asked the U.S. Marshals to review courthouse security after a defendant snuck a knife into the building and stabbed himself after being convicted of a sex crime. 

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Editor's note: This story was published in 2018.

The McLean County sheriff's department is looking for the public's help finding a suspect who impersonated a police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

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The McLean County sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help finding the person who dumped two dead dogs on the side of the road west of Bloomington on Thursday morning.

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McLean County authorities are still seeking one of two suspects charged with sharing inappropriate photos allegedly taken at a Chenoa retirement community.

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The 22-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found Sunday near a nature trail in Funks Grove was arrested Friday on murder charges, authorities said.

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A 47-year-old from East Peoria was identified Wednesday as the woman whose body was found over the holiday weekend near a nature trail northeast of McLean.

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McLean County authorities are seeking the public’s help identifying the woman whose body was found Sunday near a nature trail northeast of McLean.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage is running for re-election. Sandage cited achievements in increasing drug enforcement efforts as a reason he hopes people will vote for him again.

"We have dedicated another detective to our detective division and started running narcotics cases out of our detective division. We have also added a K-9 unit to the patrol division and we are working a lot more drug interdiction details," said Sandage.

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As part of their Social Work in Action class, a group of Illinois Wesleyan University students began interviewing people who have been arrested in McLean County.