Tolono police chief won't face charges, plans to retire


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URBANA — Tolono's police chief won't face criminal charges following an investigation into his conduct off the job, authorities say.

But Rick Raney won't return to the $58,000-a-year job he has held since 2000, Tolono Mayor Rob Murphy said Thursday.

"As of right now, Rick is planning on retiring," Murphy told News-Gazette Media. "I do not have a date nor has he filed any paperwork yet. He is currently on personal time and no longer on administrative leave until a date is decided."

Other than to say the allegations were unrelated to his duties as chief and involved matters alleged to have happened decades ago, neither Illinois State Police nor Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz have provided details about what sparked an investigation that began in March.

After completing the investigation, state police sent their findings to Rietz, who said Thursday that criminal charges would not be filed.

Rietz said the alleged incidents in question occurred in the 1970s and that the law would not allow for charges due to the amount of time that has passed.

Even if time weren't a factor, she added, the state police probe did not turn up any corroborating evidence that would support charges.