Only one in seven local judicial candidates raised funds in fourth quarter

Only one of seven circuit court candidates in Madison and St. Clair counties raised funds in the fourth quarter of 2015. Madison County Circuit Court Judge William Mudge received $35,150 in individual campaign contributions, half of which were not itemized. In the itemized contributions, Mudge's campaign committee received $17,425 through 62 donations, none of which exceeded $500. Read More »

State Board of Elections set to hear objections to St. Clair County judges' candidacies Jan. 20

The Illinois State Board of Elections will meet next week to hear challenges to the candidacies of three sitting circuit judges who have chosen unusual paths toward keeping their positions. Twentieth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John Baricevic and Circuit Judges Robert LeChien and Robert Haida submitted letters of resignation to Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman both on Aug. 3 and Aug. 14, 2015, writing that they intended to seek election to their seats rather than to seek retenti Read More »

Fund-raising reports for Democratic Fifth District contenders show a favorite among some Metro-East attorneys

Fund-raising efforts for two Democratic contenders seeking seats at the Fifth District Appellate Court tell different stories. According to financial disclosure statements filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Metro-East personal injury firms or attorneys contributed approximately one-fourth of the total $30,200 in itemized individual contributions received by the campaign committee of Jo Beth Weber of Mount Vernon. Read More »

Supreme Court rejects Tillery's latest attempt to revive Price v. Philip Morris

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied attorney Stephen Tillery's request to recall a mandate the Court issued a decade ago after it struck down a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris. In the same announcement posted this afternoon, the Court also denied Tillery's move to recuse or disqualify Justice Lloyd Karmeier from hearing the matter. Only Justice Robert Thomas did not participate in the decisions. Karmeier denied a similar recusal motion last year, after Tillery’s b Read More »

Subpoenas sought in challenge to St. Clair County judges' nominations; Dallas Cook seeks emails discussing 'motives and methods'

Subpoenas have been requested of St. Clair County Circuit Judges John Baricevic, Robert LeChien and Robert Haida in a case before the State Board of Elections challenging their nominations as Democratic candidates for seats they vacated. Dallas Cook, Belleville's city clerk, seeks to have the judges' names removed from the March primary ballot, arguing their candidacies are not valid because they are required by statute to run for retention, not re-election as they seek to do. Read More »