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Springfield, Ill. mayor found shot dead in home, investigation underway

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Springfield, Ill. mayor Tim Davlin speaking at the Capital City Bicentennial Celebration in 2009. Davlin was found shot to death in his home today.

UPDATED 2:54 p.m. Dec. 15:

According to a news release from the Sangamon county Coroner's Office Davlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14:

In a press release, the Illinois State Police announced that they have been asked by the Springfield Police Department to conduct an investigation into Davlin's death. The Illinois State Police will also be performing the autopsy on Dec. 15.

UPDATED 3:54 p.m. Dec. 14:

From the Associated Press:

"Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken says an autopsy for Timothy Davlin was planned for Wednesday."

Also, "An alderman, Frank Kunz, is mayor pro tem. City law requires that a new mayor be selected within 60 days."

From earlier (original report):

From the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.):

Springfield police are at a reported shooting at 2604 Apple Creek Drive. Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin lives at 2604 Apple Creek Drive. He did not show up for a court-ordered appearance this morning in a pending estate case involving his late cousin. Sources have confirmed that Davlin was found dead of a gunshot wound this morning. It was reported at 9:10 a.m. A news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the office of Police Chief Rob Williams. Circuit Judge Pete Cavanagh, who is handling the estate case, said he is in a difficult situation, presiding over the case. "I know many Davlins," he said. "They are good people. I certainly hope it's not true."

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