- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A former Grundy County official accused of stealing $42,000 in county funds has been sentenced after pleading guilty to theft.

Forty-seven-year-old Renae Chronister of Morris was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation and 480 hours of community service. She also was ordered to pay $42,000 in restitution.

A news release from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office says Chronister stole the money while working as bookkeeper for the Grundy County Health Department. It says she pocketed cash paid to the health department by area residents and businesses for county services, including immunizations, mental health counseling and public health inspections.

An investigation by Madigan’s office found repeated cash deposits into Chronister’s bank accounts from 2009 to 2013.

The investigation revealed that Chronister used the money to pay for personal expenses.

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