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Madison County judges hosted event for National Adoption Day

Robert Lawson Dec. 5, 2016, 8:08pm

A group of judges led the charge in an effort to spread awareness about adoption across the United States and in Madison County.

Prenzler sworn in as Madison County Chairman; First action is to allow veteran Lavite back into office

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2016, 12:31pm

Prenzler was sworn into office this morning by Associate Judge Luther Simmons before a crowd that included elected officials and supporters.

Man facing life in prison over child sexual abuse conviction to get new trial; Callis improperly excluded defense witesses, ruling says

The Madison County Record Nov. 29, 2016, 9:02am

MOUNT VERNON – Former Madison County chief judge Ann Callis improperly excluded four defense witnesses from the sexual abuse trial of Michael Burgund, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 22.

Madison County 'light' cigarette case hangs on in spite of demise of Price v. Philip Morris

Ann Maher Nov. 28, 2016, 3:37pm

An 11-year-old "light" cigarette lawsuit containing similar allegations as Madison County's most notable class action - Price v. Philip Morris - has been continued an 11th time since a judge ordered the plaintiff to explain why it should not be dismissed for want of prosecution.

As Fifth District gets reshaped, so too will lower courts in Third and First Judicial Circuits

Ann Maher Nov. 21, 2016, 9:05pm

The election of Judges John Barberis, 49, and James "Randy" Moore, 63, to the Fifth District Appellate Court ushers in relative youth to a bench where the average age is 68.2 years.

The American dream is to own your own life

The Madison County Record Nov. 18, 2016, 12:48pm

All too often I hear politicians utter the phrase, “The American dream is to own your own home.” That’s not true. The American dream is to own your own life.

County Chairman-elect quashes rumors that he plans to cut jobs

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 17, 2016, 5:40pm

For newly elected officials, the week since the Nov. 8 election passed quickly from relishing success and recovering from a long campaign season to buckling down.

Clinton's unpopularity in southern Illinois may have dragged down Democrat appellate candidates

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2016, 12:02pm

MOUNT VERNON – Democrats Jo Beth Weber of Mount Vernon and Brad Bleyer of Marion campaigned fiercely for the Fifth District appellate court, but sank under the weight of rural resentment against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Choosing judges in Illinois

John Pastuovic, Illinois Civil Justice League Nov. 14, 2016, 10:35am

On a warm July day in 1970, Constitutional Delegate Wendell Durr, a respected attorney and future judge from Madison County, made some unique observations about whether the 1970 Constitution should continue the concepts adopted by Illinois’ voters in the Judicial Article of 1964.

ICJL: Voters expect independence in their judges, as seen in rejection of candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:46pm

Candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse in Fifth District Appellate Court races "forfeited their ability to win," according to Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) President John Pastuovic.

Prenzler says that new administration will focus on 'better ethics' and tax cuts

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 10:41am

Madison County Board Chairman-elect Kurt Prenzler attributes his win Tuesday to running a "very positive" campaign and connecting with voters on a property tax cut referendum, which they overwhelmingly approved.

Barberis and Moore appear headed to victory in Fifth District Appellate Court races

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:22am

With 87 percent of precincts reporting in the Fifth Judicial District, Republican appellate court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore appear to have won their races.

Prenzler wins Madison County chairmanship

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:50pm

In a squeaker of a race, Republican Kurt Prenzler beat Democrat Alan Dunstan for chairmanship of Madison County government.

Republican election judge, 88, accused of voter fraud

Kate Jacobson Nov. 8, 2016, 5:08pm

ALTON – A Madison County Republican election judge is facing felony charges of voter fraud after she allegedly mailed in a ballot belonging to her dead husband.

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."

County clerks expect high volume turnouts on Election Day

Joe Dyton Nov. 7, 2016, 5:03pm

With Election Day finally upon us, it’s still anyone’s guess who will be elected President of the United States, just like many races down the ballot are up for grabs. While there’s an uncertainty about who will be elected into their respective offices, there’s one thing that is certain—lines to get to the voting booths will be long.

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.

Madison County officials must explain to judge why they refuse to pay Veteran Assistance Commission fees

The Madison County Record Nov. 3, 2016, 7:15am

Madison County board Chairman Alan Dunstan, State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, and Auditor Rick Faccin must explain under oath why they refuse to pay legal fees of the county veteran assistance commission.

Trump can...must win

John J. Hopkins Nov. 1, 2016, 1:30pm

It is neither an exaggeration nor an original thought to say the 2016 Presidential election has been one for the books.

Luechtefeld and Meier: Vote for Moore and Barberis

The Madison County Record Oct. 31, 2016, 12:54pm

Our court system is under attack again, in a repeat of the 2014 smear campaign that was waged against Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.