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Ex-judge angered by series of burglaries of farm

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A former Illinois judge complains that police aren't doing enough to protect his southwestern Illinois family farm he says burglars have pillaged for months.

Gordon Maag tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/qZirBC) that items taken from the rural Collinsville farm since January have included everything from American Indian artifacts and a late uncle's Purple Heart to an estimated $100,000 in collectible guns.

Collinsville's police chief says investigators are doing everything they can, from collecting evidence to contacting gun dealers and shops that peddle military collectibles.

Maag is a Democrat who served on the state's Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court from 1992 to 2004. That's when he ran unsuccessfully for an Illinois Supreme Court seat in a $9 million race that then was the most expensive judicial election in U.S. history.

 

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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