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Path to justice for teen who spent 9 months in prison after coerced confession ends with $900K settlement from county

The Madison County Record Oct. 14, 2015, 8:42am

BENTON – After St. Clair County state’s attorney Brendan Kelly threw out the confession of teenager Trevon Yates and released him from a jail where he had spent nine months, Kelly’s office in civil court proceedings denied that the county damaged Yates. Yates recently gained a $900,000 settlement from the county in federal court at Benton, on his claim that deputies coerced his confession to armed robbery.

911, What's your emergency? St. Clair County ETSB may default on bond payments

The Madison County Record Sep. 29, 2015, 6:56am

Gov. Bruce Rauner has improperly withheld funds from “911” emergency telephone boards, St. Clair County alleges in its own circuit court. The county sued state officials on Sept. 21, for an injunction requiring distribution of funds to its Emergency Telephone System Board.