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Vermilion Co. Board Member Mills Found Dead

DANVILLE--The Vermilion County legal community is in shock after learning one of their most prominent members has died.
    Not far from the courthouse where he spent much of his legal career, or from the building where he was just beginning a political career, there's a sign. Rest in peace Larry Mills.

    "It was a shock, and my reaction was just to start crying because he's going to be missed." said former co-worker Nancy Livingston.

    Larry Mills, the former Vermilion County State's Attorney and newly elected Vermilion County Board member was found dead Friday afternoon at the Sleep Inn in Urbana..
    Nancy Livingston knew Larry Mills well.

    "Larry was the first boss I had as a prosecutor. He hired me back in 1999." Livingston said.

    Mills was the Vermilion County State's Attorney from 1998 until 2000.
    Then served as assistant State's Attorney until 2008 under Frank Young before returning to his own private practice.

    "His office is located like right across the parking lot from where I'm currently working. So I would see him regularly and going to miss him. going to miss him." said Livingston.

    Just recently, Mills threw his hat into the political arena.
    Last November he won a seat on the Vermilion County Board.
    That seat in the chamber was right next to longtime board member John Alexander.

    "He was always very serious just like he approached his professional efforts in the State's Attorney's office. He was prepared and would ask me some questions every now and then just because we were seat mates, and just to get some clarification points. So he seemed to be very engaged." Alexander said.

    Several other Vermilion County Board members expressed how completely shocked they were to learn Larry Mills had passed away.
    Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard spoke on behalf of the board.
     "He [Larry Mills] will be deeply missed. He was a regular face around the county courthouse, and county board offices." Weinard said.
    He also say the board will do something to honor and remember Mills.

--Reported by David Ade