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Police: Springfield mayor Davlin found dead in home

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

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio


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 The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.):"Davlin reportedly died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, but authorities would not confirm that at a news conference this morning."

Illinois State Police are investigating the death of Springfield's mayor, whose body was found in his home.

Police Chief Robert Williams says officers responded to a 911 call shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday at Timothy Davlin's home and found the Democratic mayor dead.

Williams declines to offer details about how Davlin died, saying the investigation is in its infancy.

Williams says Springfield police have turned over the matter to Illinois State Police, which declined to give details.

In October, the State Journal-Register in Springfield reported that Davlin owed the federal government nearly $90,000 in unpaid income taxes and liens had been filed against his home. The mayor then blamed the problem on a dispute with the IRS over taxes owed on investments he cashed in to buy the home.

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