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Early voting is on for April 4 consolidated election

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2017, 4:28pm

Early voting for the upcoming April 4 election began Thursday and will run through April 3.

Van Hoose says he plans to appeal or seek reconsideration of misdemeanor assault conviction

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2017, 10:02am

Brad Van Hoose of Belleville said he expects his attorney will seek reconsideration of a bench verdict that found him guilty on Friday of misdemeanor assault of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black.

Overstreet to fill Fifth District at-large vacancy

Ann Maher Feb. 21, 2017, 11:29am

Second Judicial Circuit Judge David K. Overstreet, 51, of Mount Vernon has been assigned to the Fifth District Appellate Court to fill a vacancy created following last November's election.

Daiber will seek Democratic nomination for Illinois governor

Ann Maher Feb. 11, 2017, 8:49am

Madison County Regional Superintendent Robart A. Daiber will seek the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor next year.

State social service agencies sue in St. Clair County to force timely payments for services

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2017, 6:41pm

A group of state human and social service agencies and companies filed suit today in St. Clair County against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials to force timely payments for services performed.

Dugan picked to fill Barberis vacancy in Third Circuit

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2017, 11:47am

East Alton attorney David W. Dugan has been picked to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit, created when former circuit judge John Barberis was elected to the appellate court in November.

Former manager of Illinois Lottery faces class action in St. Clair County; Northstar allegedly discontinued games to maximize earnings

Ann Maher Feb. 8, 2017, 11:59am

The first private company to run Illinois Lottery is being sued in St. Clair County for allegedy not paying out all, and in some cases any, grand prizes to ticket purchasers by discontinuing games.

St. Clair County settles discrimination suit with former clerk

Ann Maher Feb. 7, 2017, 9:47am

A discrimination suit against St. Clair County Circuit Clerk Kahala Clay settled Jan. 30, the day it was set to go to a jury trial in federal court in Benton.

Supreme Court consolidates budget impasse and labor contract appeals at Fourth District

Ann Maher Feb. 6, 2017, 3:52pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has consolidated appeals to the Fourth District Appellate Court involving Gov. Bruce Rauner’s declaration that negotiations with a state labor union have reached impasse and that workers' contracts have expired.

Special prosecutors have been picked to lead Duebbert investigation

Ann Maher Feb. 6, 2017, 10:40am

Prosecutors from outside the Metro East have been picked to lead an investigation of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert to decide whether he should be charged with obstruction of justice related to a first degree murder case.

Moore's seat in First Judicial Circuit to be filled by Carbondale attorney Gill

Ann Maher Feb. 1, 2017, 9:09am

Carbondale attorney Carey C. Gill, 40, of Carterville has been appointed an at large circuit judge in the First Judicial Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Jan. 26.

Illinois Policy Institute proposes property tax freeze, moving pensions to self-managed plans, no tax increase

Ann Maher Jan. 31, 2017, 5:20pm

The Illinois Policy Institute outlined a budget reform plan today that would balance the state budget and close a projected $7.1 billion budget deficit without raising taxes.

'Grand Bargain' budget is 'irresponsible overspending,' McCarter says

Ann Maher Jan. 30, 2017, 3:33pm

One of six state senators who have pledged not to raise income taxes from the current level of 3.75 to 4.95 percent is Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon.

Bid-rigging class action can proceed; Supreme Court refuses to hear county, tax buyers' appeal

Ann Maher Jan. 27, 2017, 11:50am

An Illinois Supreme Court decision issued on Wednesday means that a class action trial over bid rigging by former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon and others can proceed.

AG Madigan's intervention in AFSCME suit seeks to end worker pay

Ann Maher Jan. 26, 2017, 10:18pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeks to break a protracted budget stalemate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislators in about five weeks in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

McCarter lashes out at Senate leaders for wasting legislators' time and taxpayers' money

Ann Maher Jan. 26, 2017, 4:46pm

State Sen. Kyle McCarter, who has pledged not to vote for increasing state income taxes, said he hopes lawmakers will spend the next two weeks figuring out how to make government smaller - not figuring out more creative ways to take taxpayers' money.

Legal malpractice suit seeks attorney fee assessment and cost to defend protracted battle

Ann Maher Jan. 25, 2017, 9:47am

O'Fallon attorney Amanda Kelton Bradley Verett, suspended for 90 days in 2008 for her handling of a family law matter, is being sued for allegedly putting her client "in an extemely worse position legally and financially" than before she represented him.

Indiana trucking company argues Madison County has 'absolutely no interest' in Effingham injury claim

Ann Maher Jan. 23, 2017, 3:37pm

Ten civil cases arising from Madison and St. Clair counties will be argued at the Fifth District Appellate Court this week.

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.