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Macon County sheriff's lieutenant says he was pressured to resign; Brown denies allegations

DECATUR — The Macon County Sheriff's Office lieutenant caught up in a state police probe of real estate sales resigned his position Friday, saying he was pressured to quit by Sheriff Tony Brown. 

Documents: Macon County sheriff's office seeks guidance on foreclosure sales

DECATUR — In the wake of an Illinois State Police probe into Macon County Sheriff’s Office employees bidding at foreclosure real estate sales, interdepartmental memos and emails obtained by the Herald & Review show senior staff seeking direction on what to do.

Coroner: 'No sign of assault' in death of Dominic Walker

DECATUR — The Mattoon teen whose body was pulled from Dreamland Lake five days after he went missing in Decatur likely died from drowning, and there were no signs of assault, authorities said Friday.

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Saluting a sailor: Harristown post office renamed after the late Logan Palmer

HARRISTOWN — Logan S. Palmer — a son, brother, 2012 graduate of Sangamon Valley High School, Eagle Scout and proud Navy sailor — was honored Monday with the dedication of the Harristown post office, with nearly 200 community members gathering in support. 

Meet the Decatur Public Schools teacher recognized by Apple for how he uses technology to reach kids

DECATUR — A traditional lesson plan for a kindergarten class might involve working on concepts like counting to ten.

Meet the Thomas Jefferson custodian who paints portraits for students

DECATUR — Original paintings and portraits line the walls of Thomas Jefferson Middle School's cafeteria.

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