Sheriff Thomas Schneider designated millionaire philanthropist  and businessman Howard Buffett as his interim successor in a May document obtained by the Herald & Review.

Four other stories you should see are Mount Zion man wins $1 million, Macon's U.S. 51 intersection danger, man sentenced in sexual exploitation case and 

Schneider letter gives interim nod to Buffett

Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider in May quietly submitted a letter designating philanthropist and businessman Howard Buffett as successor if he were to die before his term ends.

Schneider announced in April that he would not seek another term in office, and three lieutenants in his office are vying for the seat in the November 2018 election.

Mount Zion man a Powerball millionaire

Mount Zion resident David Marques won a $1 million Powerball prize when his $2 Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers in the Saturday, Aug. 12, drawing, the Illinois Lottery said Wednesday.

Macon intersection's danger long known

An 80-year-old Pana man died Tuesday of injuries from a traffic crash in Macon, the latest fatality at an intersection on U.S. 51 that state lawmakers and county officials have long identified as hazardous.

It was the same intersection where several Central Illinois elected officials gathered in the rain in November 2011 to announce that they planned to lobby the Illinois Department of Transportation to add a traffic light. Six years later, there is no light.

Indiana man sentenced in Decatur sexual exploitation case

A Muncie, Indiana, man convicted of sexual exploitation of a child in Decatur has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.

Shawn Shannon, 45, a traveling gospel singer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce of the Central District Office in Urbana. 

Former McLean County chairman sentenced for fraud

An apologetic Matt Sorensen was sentenced to 12 months and a day in federal prison Tuesday for a wire fraud scheme related to consulting work he did for State Farm.

The former McLean County Board chairman acknowledged his serious mistake that humiliated his family, friends and the community he served as an elected official for more than 20 years.

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