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The police chief of a southwestern Illinois village is on unpaid leave while challenging a state board's decision to bar him from being a law enforcer because of previous criminal cases against him.
KMOV-TV reports that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board has decertified Alorton Police Chief Michael Baxton. He also had served as police chief in East St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.