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Donna Rae goes trip-or-treating

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 5:50pm

Halloween has inherent hazards.

Former ESL Dem Party chair accused of demolishing burnt buildings and keeping valuables

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 5:42pm

Former East St. Louis Democratic party chairman Charlie Powell demolishes burnt buildings and keeps the valuable remains for himself, according to a suit in St. Clair County circuit court.

St. Clair County voter fraud cases between ’12 and ‘15 awaiting justice

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 5:01pm

Six felony suspects in St. Clair County ballot violations that occurred from 2012 to 2015 haven’t felt the hand of justice since they posted bond.

Defendant convicted of concealing homicide will get new trial in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 7:33am

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Associate Judge Zina Cruse should have told jurors that a person in the process of aiding and abetting a crime can withdraw from the crime, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 28.  

Victims of Madison County bid rigging scheme cannot sue bond holder, Supreme Court rules

The Madison County Record Dec. 4, 2016, 3:10pm

SPRINGFIELD – Victims of bid rigging at auctions of former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon can’t sue the holder of his $1 million surety bond, Illinois Supreme Court Justices ruled on Dec. 1.  

St. Louis attorney sues foreign banks alleging they helped Iran sponsor terror; Suit modeled after case filed in May

The Madison County Record Nov. 29, 2016, 4:46pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who for 12 years have pursued claims that banks helped Iran sponsor terror attacks have earned the high compliment of imitation.

An asbestos suit against Ford by Floridians doesn’t belong in Madison County

The Madison County Record Nov. 29, 2016, 10:37am

Quizzes and questionnaires. Facebook is full of them. Can you put several shades of the same color in order from lightest to darkest? Which Star Wars character are you? How well do you know Beach Boys lyrics?

Man facing life in prison over child sexual abuse conviction to get new trial; Callis improperly excluded defense witesses, ruling says

The Madison County Record Nov. 29, 2016, 9:02am

MOUNT VERNON – Former Madison County chief judge Ann Callis improperly excluded four defense witnesses from the sexual abuse trial of Michael Burgund, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 22.

New trial ordered for murder suspect; Fifth District says Baricevic allowed improper testimony

The Madison County Record Nov. 21, 2016, 2:50pm

St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic allowed improper testimony at a murder trial, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 15.

Newly elected St. Clair County board member gets felony charge expunged

The Madison County Record Nov. 21, 2016, 2:06pm

James Haywood of Cahokia, who ran for St. Clair County board with a long record of arrests, will take office with no record except improper lane usage.  

A tale of two Hamiltons

The Madison County Record Nov. 21, 2016, 9:56am

According to charges filed by interim U.S. Attorney Donald Boyce last week, East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton apparently spent more than $40,000 from the township treasury for a Las Vegas party and other personal purposes while racking up $230,000 in credit card expenses in more than three years.

The American dream is to own your own life

The Madison County Record Nov. 18, 2016, 12:48pm

All too often I hear politicians utter the phrase, “The American dream is to own your own home.” That’s not true. The American dream is to own your own life.

Almost nine decades later, the Madison County Board has a new GOP majority

The Madison County Record Nov. 16, 2016, 7:51am

Not many Americans today can remember when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president, because that was more than 70 years ago and most of us had not yet made our debuts into the world.

ESL Township supervisor waives indictment; Wire fraud charges follow lavish personal spending

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2016, 2:05pm

East St. Louis Township supervisor Oliver Hamilton spent more than $40,000 from the township treasury for a Las Vegas party and other personal purposes, interim U.S. attorney Donald Boyce charged on Nov. 15.  

Clinton's unpopularity in southern Illinois may have dragged down Democrat appellate candidates

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2016, 12:02pm

MOUNT VERNON – Democrats Jo Beth Weber of Mount Vernon and Brad Bleyer of Marion campaigned fiercely for the Fifth District appellate court, but sank under the weight of rural resentment against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The idea of limited government takes time (like 561 years) to sink in

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2016, 9:20am

It took 561 years (from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence) for the idea of limited government and political equality to infuse itself into Anglo-American culture. By 1776, enough people believed in the possibility, that they were willing to fight for it and organize a government based on it after a battlefield victory.

American Cancer Society needs volunteer drivers for patients needing treatment

The Madison County Record Nov. 10, 2016, 4:23pm

The American Cancer Society is urgently seeking volunteer drivers willing to donate their passenger seat to transport cancer patients to and from their cancer-related treatments through the Road To Recovery program. It is simple to volunteer and free training is provided.

Woman alleges she was injured in fall at Dollar General

The Madison County Record Nov. 7, 2016, 1:08pm

BELLEVILLE – A shopper alleges a case of water in an aisle at a Dollar General store caused her to fall.

Is Lisa Madigan abusing her position to protect dad's supermajority?

The Madison County Record Nov. 7, 2016, 10:18am

It's nice to have a family member in the business.

Madison County officials must explain to judge why they refuse to pay Veteran Assistance Commission fees

The Madison County Record Nov. 3, 2016, 7:15am

Madison County board Chairman Alan Dunstan, State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, and Auditor Rick Faccin must explain under oath why they refuse to pay legal fees of the county veteran assistance commission.