Attorney Paul Weiss disbarred by Illinois Supreme Court over sexual misconduct charges

Chicago area attorney Paul Weiss has been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court over sexual misconduct findings that spanned a decade and involved seven women. "He was found to have engaged in criminal conduct of a sexual nature against various women he employed at his law office, a female friend of his former landlord, and a woman walking down a suburban side street," says a notice of the court's ruling posted today. Read More »

Sparta's squawking over pet chickens silenced at Fifth District

"Prohibiting Page from possessing his pet chickens on his property would mean that any person who has agricultural products such as fruit trees and vegetable gardens would also be in violation of the zoning code," Cates wrote. "We agree that Page's use of his property is residential, and the chickens, which are not otherwise prohibited, are an incidental permitted use of the property." Read More »

Forensic audit of CARD's 2011 finances shows loose spending, lax oversight

Area leaders who are trying to convince voters to dissolve the financially distressed Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD) can point to a recently released report that helps explain why the district is in such bad shape. A forensic audit of CARD's 2011 finances conducted in 2012, reveals loose spending practices and lax oversight in a district that faces $45 million in long term debt. Read More »

Belleville's city clerk announces bid for circuit clerk seat

St. Clair County's political landscape became more intriguing this week when Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook announced he will seek the Republication nomination for Circuit Clerk in next year's general election. Cook will likely face incumbent Kahalah Dixon Clay, Democrat, who has served as Circuit Clerk since 2011. Clay was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Brendan Kelly, who moved up that year to become State's Attorney. She ran unopposed in 2012. Read More »