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Illinois' mining-oversight official fired

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A top administrator with the Illinois state agency that regulates coal mining and other energy interests has been fired, becoming the latest official to depart in the last two months.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young confirmed Friday that Tony Mayville was dismissed this week from his position as supervisor of mine safety enforcement with the DNR's Office and Mines and Minerals. Young declined to elaborate, calling Mayville's ouster a private personnel matter.

Mayville, 58, told the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers that reasons for his departure were twofold: He ran unsuccessfully for an Illinois House seat without first getting clearance from the DNR's chief and mishandled campaign donations from a coal company.

Calls by The Associated Press to Mayville's Du Bois home went unanswered Friday.

Mayville went on unpaid leave in February after his campaign notified the State Board of Elections that $2,000 from St. Louis-based mining company Foresight Energy Services was inadvertently deposited into the campaign's bank account. The funds were intended for the local Democratic Party, and the campaign said it repaid the party.

Mayville lost last month's Democratic primary for the state's 115th District House seat.

Mayville's ouster followed the forced February resignation of Travis Loyd, an Office of Mines and Minerals director who attended several professional fishing tournaments during some of the 44 days of sick leave he took last summer for a chronic illness.

Also in February, two mine-safety regulators, including the Office of Mines and Minerals' acting director, Michael Woods, were discovered to have accepted contributions from a coal-mining company for separate political funds they operate. One went on unpaid leave during an investigation, and Woods resigned.

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