Digital Access

Digital Access
Access daily-chronicle.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more!

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
State

Menard County chairman collapses at meeting, dies


RXML parse error: Attribute 'src' cannot be empty
 | <emit format="jpeg" jpeg-quality="1" nodata="1" source="cimg" src="">
 | <cache minutes="5" variable="var.picture-src">
 | <trimlines>
 | <cache enable-protocol-cache="yes">

RXML parse error: Error in expr attribute: syntax error, unexpected '*'
 | <set expr="floor( * 540)" variable="var.adjustedW">
 | <cache minutes="5" variable="var.picture-src">
 | <trimlines>
 | <cache enable-protocol-cache="yes">

PETERSBURG — The chairman of the Menard County board has died after collapsing during a board meeting.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards tells The State Journal-Register that 78-year-old Merle Kirby was pronounced dead Tuesday at a Springfield hospital. Edwards says Kirby died from natural causes, but hasn't determined an exact cause.

The meeting was in the central Illinois city of Petersburg, about 25 miles northwest of Springfield.

Kirby was from Greenview. He served several terms on the county board dating back to the 1970s. He was running unopposed in the Republican primary for another term.

Loading more