County chairman dies at meeting

PETERSBURG (AP) – 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.