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Univ. of Illinois bands director quits amid investigation

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois’ director of bands has resigned amid an investigation into the sale of more than $50,000 worth of school musical instruments.

University spokeswoman Robin Kaler said Robert Rumbelow resigned Thursday, but declined further comment.

University police say Rumbelow sold instruments and deposited the money into two personal accounts between 2011 and 2013. He more recently paid the university $86,000 as part of his resignation.

Champaign County State’s Attorney says Rumbelow hasn’t been charged with a crime. Her office is still going through the case after receiving it this week.

A message left for Rumbelow’s attorney, Dan Jackson, wasn’t immediately returned. But Jackson told The News-Gazette in Champaign that Rumbelow planned to use the money to study the feasibility of building a new building for his department.

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