Question: Can you name the Central Illinois county that, until last week, had "the wealthiest local sheriff in America" — at least after the New York Times dubbed him that? (1) Macon County (Decatur); (2) Sangamon County (Springfield); (3) Adams County (Quincy); (4) Morgan County (Jacksonville).
Answer: It was (1) Macon County (Decatur), where the sheriff — until being replaced last week by a newly elected one — was Howard Buffett, 63, son of investor billionaire Warren Buffett. An Archer Daniels Midland VP and assistant to the chairman, Howard Buffett moved to Decatur in 1992, became a volunteer in the sheriff's department, then an under-sheriff, then was appointed sheriff in September 2017, holding the office until last month's election. A philanthropist himself, Howard Buffett reportedly has given an estimated $1 million to Decatur. "He cares about Decatur," his father, Warren, told the Decatur Herald & Review last week.