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McCarter headed to Washington for Trump inauguration

Ann Maher Jan. 17, 2017, 1:40pm

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) is not too concerned about planned protests that are intended to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday.

Madison County closing courts and offices due to predicted ice storm

Ann Maher Jan. 12, 2017, 4:48pm

EDWARDSVILLE — Due to severe weather conditions expected on Friday, Madison County will close its offices.

Mudge grants motion to transfer injury suit against Norfolk Southern to Macoupin where accident occurred

Ann Maher Jan. 9, 2017, 3:26pm

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge has granted a defense motion to move an injury suit against Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to Macoupin County where a fatal railroad crossing accident occurred nearly three years ago.

Baxmeyer Construction and employee found not negligent in one-day trial in Madison County

Ann Maher Jan. 9, 2017, 1:32pm

A one-day personal injury trial ended with a defense verdict Jan. 4 for Baxmeyer Construction and its employee, who were found not negligent for injuries allegedly sustained by a pedestrian seven years ago in Maryville.

Madison County jury awards $550K to man injured in Casey's slip and fall

Ann Maher Jan. 9, 2017, 11:51am

A St. Jacob man was awarded more than a half million dollars by a Madison County jury last week over a slip and fall incident that occurred three years ago at a Casey's General Store in Highland.

Special prosecutor to investigate possible obstruction of justice charges against Duebbert in connection with murder case

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2017, 5:25pm

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson on Wednesday afternoon approved a request for the appointment of a special prosecutor to decide whether Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert should be charged with obstruction of justice related to a first degree murder case.

Parolee who lived with Duebbert is charged with first degree murder

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2017, 10:25am

David E. Fields, 20, was charged on Tuesday with the first degree murder of Carl Z. Silas, 28, which occurred at a Belleville apartment on Dec. 30.

Deubbert re-assigned to administrative duties while police investigate 'person of interest' parolee who lived with judge

Ann Maher Jan. 3, 2017, 4:27pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert has been re-assigned to administrative duties due to his involvement with a registered violent offender who is now a "person of interest" in a Belleville murder investigation, according to Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson who entered the re-assignment order today.

Seventh Circuit denies review of Herndon's certification of $7.6 billion case against State Farm

Ann Maher Dec. 20, 2016, 8:55am

CHICAGO – The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has denied State Farm's petition for review of a class certification order over its role in the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier more than 12 years ago.

LeChien should not have jurisdiction over state labor dispute, critic says

Ann Maher Dec. 7, 2016, 9:21am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien has granted a temporary restraining order for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to block contract terms imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Duebbert sworn into office by McGlynn; No other judges attend ceremony

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2016, 6:20pm

Ronald Duebbert was sworn in as circuit judge Monday afternoon by fellow circuit judge Stephen McGlynn.

Prenzler sworn in as Madison County Chairman; First action is to allow veteran Lavite back into office

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2016, 12:31pm

Prenzler was sworn into office this morning by Associate Judge Luther Simmons before a crowd that included elected officials and supporters.

'Lightspeed' attorney Steele hit with another sanction in Herndon's federal court

Ann Maher Nov. 29, 2016, 2:33pm

U.S. District Judge David Herndon hammered Chicago plaintiff attorney John Steele with a $47,171.76 civil contempt sanction last week to compensate a defendant targeted in an "exploitive" lawsuit.

Illinois Supreme Court won't take up Union Pacific's challenge to St. Clair County forum

Ann Maher Nov. 29, 2016, 10:52am

The state's high court has denied Union Pacific's petition for leave to appeal a forum decision arising from a St. Clair County railroad injury case.

Madison County 'light' cigarette case hangs on in spite of demise of Price v. Philip Morris

Ann Maher Nov. 28, 2016, 3:37pm

An 11-year-old "light" cigarette lawsuit containing similar allegations as Madison County's most notable class action - Price v. Philip Morris - has been continued an 11th time since a judge ordered the plaintiff to explain why it should not be dismissed for want of prosecution.

As Fifth District gets reshaped, so too will lower courts in Third and First Judicial Circuits

Ann Maher Nov. 21, 2016, 9:05pm

The election of Judges John Barberis, 49, and James "Randy" Moore, 63, to the Fifth District Appellate Court ushers in relative youth to a bench where the average age is 68.2 years.

Randolph County jurors side with defense in fatal accident case; Plaintiff had sought $1 million

Ann Maher Nov. 15, 2016, 3:28pm

Randolph County jurors returned a defense verdict Oct. 21 following a week-long trial over the auto accident death of an 81-year-old man six years ago in Chester.

ICJL: Voters expect independence in their judges, as seen in rejection of candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:46pm

Candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse in Fifth District Appellate Court races "forfeited their ability to win," according to Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) President John Pastuovic.

Prenzler says that new administration will focus on 'better ethics' and tax cuts

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 10:41am

Madison County Board Chairman-elect Kurt Prenzler attributes his win Tuesday to running a "very positive" campaign and connecting with voters on a property tax cut referendum, which they overwhelmingly approved.

Duebbert tops chief Judge Baricevic in Twentieth Judicial Circuit race

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 2:38am

Republican Ron Duebbert has been elected circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, defeating Democrat incumbent, Chief Judge John Baricevic.