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updated 12/14/2010 12:29:39 PM ET 2010-12-14T17:29:39

The mayor of Springfield, Ill., was found dead in his home on Tuesday after failing to show up for a court-ordered appearance in a pending estate case.

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Tim Davlin was found dead about 9:10 a.m. local time, the State Journal-Register reported police as saying.

Police would not confirm a report that Davlin died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Illinois State Police is handling the investigation.

Davlin, who was the trustee for a late cousin's $845,000 estate, was supposed to have appeared at a court-ordered meeting on Tuesday after failing to earlier provide a financial accounting.

In October, the State Journal-Register reported that Davlin owed the federal government nearly $90,000 in unpaid income taxes and liens had been filed against his home.

The mayor then blamed the problem on a dispute with the IRS over taxes owed on investments he cashed in to buy the home.

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