Former McLean County deputy sentenced for union theft

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A former McLean County deputy has been sentenced to four years in a state prison for stealing thousands of dollars from a police union. The Bloomington Pantograph reports 38-year-old Jay Hobson was sentenced Friday. He has been ordered repay the union $160,000. Hobson pleaded guilty in October to taking nearly $200,000 from union reserves from November 2011 to late July 2014. Hobson wrote more than 30 checks to himself during that period. He served as union treasurer. The former police deputy resigned from his post when the theft was reported in August 2014. Hobson returned about $50,000 to the accounts before he was caught. Hobson says he has a gambling addiction. State law enforcement says Hobson’s $10,000 loss at an Iowa casino caught their attention.