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Belleville attorney says she observed celebration of Duebbert's troubles to come

Ann Maher Apr. 26, 2017, 11:35am

An attorney who claims to have witnessed a courthouse employee celebrating troubles that embattled Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert would face in the days ahead says she wishes she had never seen and heard what she did on the night of Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

St. Clair Co.'s opioid suit appears to pick up where Chicago litigation has stalled

The Madison County Record Apr. 21, 2017, 5:47pm

St. Clair County’s suit alleging that pill makers addicted Illinois citizens to opioids for profit provides an answer to a Chicago judge who asked lawyers where the claim would go if it failed in his court.

Steele pleads guilty in Minnesota federal court; Lawyer had pursued porn hacking cases in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 9:12am

MINNEAPOLIS – John Steele, who shared in a $6 million gain from representing sham entities in courts including St. Clair County, pleaded guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in U.S. district court on March 6.  

LeChien orders employee pay through revolving fund account instead of general funds

The Madison County Record Mar. 12, 2017, 6:58pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien, overseeing the state’s payroll in the absence of a budget, ordered Gov. Bruce Rauner to pay 578 employees from revolving funds rather than the general fund.  

Judge removes opponent of fellow judge’s son from O’Fallon ballot

The Madison County Record Mar. 10, 2017, 5:59pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Christopher Kolker erased from the April 4 ballot the opponent of a judge’s son running for alderman in O’Fallon.

Vote buying in East St. Louis? Township supervisor candidate says no

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 6:38am

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said he is aware of videos posted March 4 on YouTube that raise questions about vote fraud in East St. Louis. 

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.

Baricevic back in St. Clair County courthouse as special representative

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 4:29pm

Former St. Clair County chief judge John Baricevic has returned to the courthouse representing dead debtors in mortgage foreclosures.

Van Hoose found guilty of misdemeanor in Caseyville mayor death threat case; Kelley: ‘Can’t we all just get along?’

The Madison County Record Feb. 17, 2017, 2:51pm

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley found Brad Van Hoose of Belleville guilty of misdemeanor assault for threatening Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black, after ruling that Van Hoose’s conduct did not constitute a felony.

Special prosecutor's cases have included bargained down charges in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 7:05am

A review of St. Clair County cases handled by special prosecutor David Rands shows that he has bargained charges of driving under the influence down to trivial traffic tickets.

Sprague’s record in St. Clair Co. ballot battles shows three straight wins

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 5:42pm

St. Clair County Democrat party chairman Robert Sprague has won three straight ballot battles as counsel for candidates at the courthouse.  

Special prosecutors often get tapped to handle politically sensitive matters

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 5:24pm

A constant critic of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black will stand trial for threatening a public official beginning Friday, Feb. 17 before St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley.

Washington Park mayor claims removal from electoral board motivated by desire to control April election

The Madison County Record Jan. 31, 2017, 5:44pm

Washington Park Mayor Ann Rodgers claims St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida and county Democrat chairman Robert Sprague kicked her off the village’s electoral board in order to control the April 4 election.

Duebbert search warrants moved quickly to public record in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Jan. 24, 2017, 2:44pm

Among 39 St. Clair County search warrants that changed from confidential to public record between Dec. 20 and Jan. 17, two that pertained to Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert changed the quickest. And on the day a court clerk stamped those two as open records on Jan. 12, the contents of Duebbert’s warrants were the subject of a local news article at 5:25 p.m.

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.

LeChien substitution rate persists in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 8:23am

St. Clair County voters approved circuit judge Robert LeChien in November, but litigants continue seeking to replace him. 

New chief judge, same dubious behavior

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:38am

St. Clair County Court has a new chief judge: Andrew Gleeson has replaced John Baricevic.

Former Prenda attorneys who litigated porn hacking suits in St. Clair County indicted in Minnesota

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:02am

MINNEAPOLIS – Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, who face criminal charges that they fooled judges into helping them extort $6 million from pornography watchers, found favor in the court of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson.  

Questions of judicial ethics woven into history of St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 14, 2016, 11:13am

Following his defeat of incumbent Democrat chief judge John Baricevic last month, newly elected Republican Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert is off to a rough start.

Rauner seeks relief from LeChien’s pro-AFSCME decision at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Dec. 14, 2016, 7:43am

On Dec. 7, Gov. Bruce Rauner petitioned the Fifth District appellate court for interlocutory review of LeChien’s jurisdiction over labor negotiations. Rauner counsel Thomas Bradley wrote, “There is no provision in the Labor Act that gives the circuit courts general jurisdiction over public sector labor disputes.”