Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Travis Akin leveled a stinging rebuke of the courts in St. Clair and Madison counties today over recent moves made by judges. Akin called the decisions of Twentieth Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien to run for election rather than retention
Illinois Supreme Court orders Fifth District to review record in protracted case out of St. Clair Co.
Another round of judicial review lies ahead in an asbestos contractor's protracted battle against a state agency involving cleanup of federal grounds. The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Fifth District to review the record on appeal to determine whether a St. Clair County circuit court abused its discretion in denying Lake Environmental's motion for sanctions against the Illinois Department of Public Health.
State employees who failed to succeed with legislation placing their contract negotiations in the hands of an arbitrator now aim to achieve that objective in St. Clair County. On Sept. 17, they asked Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to maintain the status quo in litigation pending arbitration of the state’s authority to lay off employees.
With two appellate court seats up for grabs next year at the Fifth District Appellate Court, so far just two candidates outside the Metro-East have announced their intentions to run. Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jo Beth Weber, resident judge in Jefferson County, will be running on the Democratic ticket for the seat that James Wexstten vacated in January 2014.
Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien are vacating their seats and will not be running for retention in next year's election. They're not retiring, however. According to a report in the Belleville News Democrat, they plan to run for election instead. Baricevic has not returned a call placed on Wednesday.