Tolono police chief on paid leave as investigation continues


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TOLONO — The police chief in Tolono is on paid leave while under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

State Police Sgt. Mike Campbell confirmed that detectives in the Champaign office were asked about a month ago to look into allegations regarding Rick Raney but Campbell said he was unable to say what the allegations are.

Raney has been employed as a full-time police officer in Tolono since 1996 and has been chief of police since 2000.

Tolono Mayor Rob Murphy said he did not believe the state police investigation had anything to do with Raney's duties in the village.

Raney earns about $57,660 annually and began his paid leave April 5.

"We decided until he clears up this personal issue it was in everyone's best interest to put him on leave," Murphy said.

Raney did not return a call or email seeking comment.


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