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Law indicates attack on Prenzler could potentially be charged as hate crime

The Madison County Record Mar. 21, 2017, 6:07pm

State law elevates misdemeanor battery to felony aggravated battery if a victim has turned 60, and Prenzler recently turned 61.

Injury on top of insult for candidate Ayres: 'Write-ins are your good people that know something’s up'

The Madison County Record Mar. 21, 2017, 5:52pm

Many candidates lost ballot disputes for local elections on April 4, but only Donna Ayres of Cahokia alleges injury on top of the insult.

Kurt Prenzler knows what happens when you try to drain a swamp

The Madison County Record Mar. 21, 2017, 5:44pm

If President Donald Trump needs advice on swamp-draining, he can turn to County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, who's been draining the morass of Madison County politics, little by little, for more than 10 years.

Madigan petitions Supreme Court for direct appeal of LeChien's order preserving worker pay

The Madison County Record Mar. 20, 2017, 1:45pm

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the Supreme Court for direct appeal of a St. Clair County order preserving a normal payroll for state employees in the absence of appropriations.

Prenzler asks State's Attorney to investigate former administration's data wipe

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 3:12pm

Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler has asked State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons to investigate data destruction by former chairman Alan Dunstan and former administrator Joseph Parente.

Belleville candidate responds to sitting alderman's 'she knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning' comment

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 12:47pm

Note Phil Elmore's social media post: March 8, 2017 (International Women's Day) He writes: "Anybody that votes for Lillian hates Belleville and progress. She knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning, that's it. For Belleville sake I hope this is the last we hear from her lunacy.”  

Madison County Citizens for Educational Sustainability: Vote 'no' on sales tax increase

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 10:00am

Some school board members are saying they “promise” to use some of this new sales tax money to “reduce” property taxes. But a school board member cannot make a promise “forever.” They can change their mind at any time. The purpose of this new sales tax is not to reduce property taxes. It’s to issue bonds, which could increase your property taxes.

No arrests yet in attack on board chairman Prenzler; Threatening public official is felony carrying 2-5 year sentence

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 12:11pm

No arrests have been made yet in the assault and battery of Madison County's top elected official which is alleged to have taken place amidst a group of more than 200 people attending a fundraiser at a Catholic church in Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Madison County spends too much on legal fees

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 10:37am

“It is disturbing to me that we spend so much money on legal fees in Madison County,” says County Board Member Tom McRae of Bethalto.

Steele pleads guilty in Minnesota federal court; Lawyer had pursued porn hacking cases in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 9:12am

MINNEAPOLIS – John Steele, who shared in a $6 million gain from representing sham entities in courts including St. Clair County, pleaded guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in U.S. district court on March 6.  

Madison County IT director says operating system was removed from former official's computer

The Madison County Record Mar. 13, 2017, 3:07pm

Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente left behind a computer no one can start, according to information technology director Ron Dorman.  

LeChien orders employee pay through revolving fund account instead of general funds

The Madison County Record Mar. 12, 2017, 6:58pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien, overseeing the state’s payroll in the absence of a budget, ordered Gov. Bruce Rauner to pay 578 employees from revolving funds rather than the general fund.  

Judge removes opponent of fellow judge’s son from O’Fallon ballot

The Madison County Record Mar. 10, 2017, 5:59pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Christopher Kolker erased from the April 4 ballot the opponent of a judge’s son running for alderman in O’Fallon.

Posner in eye drop de-certification: ‘that a seller doesn’t sell product you want is not actionable’

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 5:38pm

CHICAGO – U.S. Seventh Circuit appellate judges have vacated a class certification order that District Judge Staci Yandle entered on a claim that producers of glaucoma medicine purposely dispense excessive eye drops.

Wigginton bills county $31K for investigating signatures of tax cut proponents; Referendum ultimately passed 4 to 1

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 4:47pm

Attorney Stephen Wigginton has sent Madison County a $31,725 bill for his investigation into petitions supporting a tax limiting ballot initiative last year.

Mesothelioma victim lacks credibility

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 2:28pm

Stan Urban had sought $10 million in damages from a company that may or may not have had anything to do with his exposure, and he sought it in a Madison County courthouse with which neither he nor the defendant had any connection.

Fairview Heights drug dealers Perkins and Oliver get 10 year sentence reductions

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 2:24pm

U.S. District Judge David Herndon cut the sentences of drug dealing mother Deborah Perkins and son Douglas Oliver by more than 10 years, setting them up for release on the same day in 2026.

Baricevic back in St. Clair County courthouse as special representative

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 4:29pm

Former St. Clair County chief judge John Baricevic has returned to the courthouse representing dead debtors in mortgage foreclosures.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:45am

Is asbestos trust transparency an idea whose time has come? Will 2017 be the year that a reform proposal finally becomes law?

Taxpayers cannot afford the same administration in Belleville

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 10:14am

Taxpayers and voters, please remember to vote on April 4. Our city cannot afford another four years of the current administration. The precious dollars you earn from which the city extracts should not be expended on lending your money to businesses. If businesses want to stay in business, they need to find a way to do so, but not on the backs of us taxpayers.