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Last minute attack against Mudge and Matoesian is mystery to local political observers

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 3:29pm

Last minute campaign attacks against Madison County Circuit Judges Bill Mudge and Andy Matoesian appear to have originated with Washington, D.C.-based Our Generation, a non-profit, non-partisan group promoting "long-term, free market solutions to today's public policy concerns."

Lawyer-funded PAC running negative campaign against Barberis, Moore finishes out with robo calls

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:30am

Attacks against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court finished recently with negative robo calls, reminiscent of the well-funded, 11th hour targeting of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2014. .

Asbestos lawyer-funded PAC using 'underhanded' tactics with negative campaign flyers, critics say

Ann Maher Nov. 4, 2016, 12:00pm

Campaign advertising that depicts Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore as judicial "activists" in flyers sent to Republican households and as "judicial bobbleheads for Bruce Rauner" in flyers sent to Democratic households have infuriated supporters of the judges.

Mother of drug death victim 'begged' court for help with daughter's heroin addiction

Ann Maher Nov. 2, 2016, 1:23pm

Chris Keel of State Park continues to mourn the loss of her 20-year-old daughter Jennifer Herling more than four years ago in September 2012.

Karmeier sworn-in as Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court

Ann Maher Nov. 2, 2016, 7:08am

SPRINGFIELD – Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier was installed Monday as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, becoming the state's 120th chief justice. 

Drug testing, public confidence and retention question remain issues in judicial races in St. Clair County

Ann Maher Nov. 1, 2016, 6:02pm

More than three years since the exposure of illegal drug use by St. Clair County judges and a probation officer, the high profile scandal remains a prominent issue in the election of local judges this year.

ICJL rejects candidates benefiting from trial lawyer-funded attack ads; Denounces candidacies of St. Clair Co. judges ‘gaming system’

Ann Maher Oct. 31, 2016, 8:34am

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) is denouncing a $1 million negative ad campaign financed by trial lawyers who litigate in the Metro East by issuing a “not recommended” rating of the judicial candidates who benefit from the attacks.

Barberis says public sees through asbestos lawyers' million dollar negative campaign

Ann Maher Oct. 28, 2016, 3:59pm

As more money continues to pour into a group running attack ads against southern Illinois Republican appellate court candidates, one of those targets said he believes the public will draw specific conclusions from the effort.

Court reporters, Texas asbestos lawyers among contributors to group running attack ads against Illinois judges

Ann Maher Oct. 27, 2016, 5:01pm

Nearly $1 million has been raised by a group running attack ads against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court this week, and among the contributors are court reporters and Texas attorneys who specialize in asbestos litigation. 

Former judge Stack is panelist at Mass Torts Made Perfect conference

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2016, 6:25am

Former Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack earlier this month was a panelist at the Mass Torts Made Perfect conference in Las Vegas, one of the largest gathering of plaintiff attorneys in the world.

Holbrook: St. Clair Co. voting machines operating properly; Says complaints of 'R' votes turning 'D' are false

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2016, 5:55am

St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook said that in spite of a few complaints of Republican votes turning into Democrat ones at voting machines at the county administration building, all are functioning properly.

Asbestos attorney-funded PAC spends half million in media buy against Republican appellate candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 23, 2016, 12:10pm

A campaign committee created to oppose Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court spent a half million dollars on Friday for broadcast and digital media.

Big money coming from asbestos attorneys to oppose Republican appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 21, 2016, 10:40am

Democrat candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court are getting big help from the asbestos trial bar.

Nearly half of Dunstan's campaign cash is from asbestos bar; Five years ago chairman called for inquiry into Crowder's contributions

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2016, 12:30pm

Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan has received more than $90,000 this year in campaign contributions from asbestos attorneys - yet five years ago he called for an investigation of Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder when it was learned that she had accepted $30,000 from the same group.

Recorder of Deeds challenger seeks to unseat long-time office holder Costello

Ann Maher Oct. 19, 2016, 9:59am

A challenger seeking to unseat long-serving St. Clair County Recorder of Deeds Michael Costello believes heading the office that pays a handsome $98,776 salary requires more dedication than it currently receives.

Tradition of county jail inmate voting continues in St. Clair County; But officials say votes of convicted felons in prison are not counted

Ann Maher Oct. 18, 2016, 4:03pm

Will votes of convicted felons who requested ballots from the confines of the St. Clair County jail be counted on Nov. 8?

Fifth District candidates Moore and Weber respond to ICJL questionnaire

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 12:35pm

Fifth District Appellate Court candidates answered a number of questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms. And while both Justice James R.

Answers to ICJL questionnaire points to differences among appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 9:28am

All appellate court candidates running in the state's Fifth District answered questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms and what, if any, changes they'd like to see.

Randolph County resident judge seeking retention; Brown says nothing wrong with others opting for election

Ann Maher Oct. 14, 2016, 4:39pm

Not all elected judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit with terms ending this December have taken the unusual step of resigning in advance so they could seek election to self-created vacancies in the upcoming election.

Supreme Court finds 6-person jury law unconstitutional

Ann Maher Sep. 26, 2016, 1:55pm

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously found that a statute signed into law by former Gov. Pat Quinn which limited jurors in civil trials from 12 to six is unconstitutional.