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Local activists honored by ‘Open the Books’ founder for taking a stand

Amanda Robert May 5, 2017, 8:02am

The Edgar County Watchdogs – a “group of concerned citizens” that digs for and posts news of public corruption from 21 counties on its website – recently joined more than a dozen other citizens and groups who were honored for holding local government accountable.

Read our lips: no new taxes!

The Madison County Record Apr. 11, 2017, 1:50pm

Three tax hike proposals went down to defeat in Madison and St. Clair Counties in the last election, but you can bet we haven't seen the last of them.

Glen Carbon police chief says his lieutenant was not involved in attack on Prenzler

The Madison County Record Apr. 6, 2017, 4:15pm

MADISON – No witness to the March 11 attack on Madison County board chairman Kurt Prenzler identified Glen Carbon police lieutenant Mark Foley as a suspect, according to Madison police chief Christopher Burns

Sales tax proposals go down in Madison and St. Clair counties

Ann Maher Apr. 4, 2017, 10:33pm

Voters in Madison and St. Clair counties apparently have no appetite for additional taxes, as they have rejected a total of three one-cent sales tax increases.

What prompted attack on Prenzler? 'You need to know Madison County history'

The Madison County Record Apr. 4, 2017, 5:32pm

James Foley, whose son Matt Foley allegedly shoved Madison County board chairman Kurt Prenzler across a church hall so his father could insult him, failed to prove in court that Prenzler wronged him.

Matthew Foley charged in attack on County Board chairman Prenzler

Ann Maher Mar. 27, 2017, 7:19pm

Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, faces felony charges in connection with the March 11 attack on Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser at St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison.

Law indicates attack on Prenzler could potentially be charged as hate crime

The Madison County Record Mar. 21, 2017, 6:07pm

State law elevates misdemeanor battery to felony aggravated battery if a victim has turned 60, and Prenzler recently turned 61.

Kurt Prenzler knows what happens when you try to drain a swamp

The Madison County Record Mar. 21, 2017, 5:44pm

If President Donald Trump needs advice on swamp-draining, he can turn to County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, who's been draining the morass of Madison County politics, little by little, for more than 10 years.

Prenzler asks State's Attorney to investigate former administration's data wipe

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 3:12pm

Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler has asked State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons to investigate data destruction by former chairman Alan Dunstan and former administrator Joseph Parente.

Madison County Citizens for Educational Sustainability: Vote 'no' on sales tax increase

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 10:00am

Some school board members are saying they “promise” to use some of this new sales tax money to “reduce” property taxes. But a school board member cannot make a promise “forever.” They can change their mind at any time. The purpose of this new sales tax is not to reduce property taxes. It’s to issue bonds, which could increase your property taxes.

Convicted man to finally recieve full sentencing in St. Clair County

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Mar. 14, 2017, 10:34pm

A St. Clair County circuit court will have to finish sentencing a shooter convicted on five felony counts before the defense can appeal, a March 10 hearing before an appeals court found.

No arrests yet in attack on board chairman Prenzler; Threatening public official is felony carrying 2-5 year sentence

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 12:11pm

No arrests have been made yet in the assault and battery of Madison County's top elected official which is alleged to have taken place amidst a group of more than 200 people attending a fundraiser at a Catholic church in Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Madison County spends too much on legal fees

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 10:37am

“It is disturbing to me that we spend so much money on legal fees in Madison County,” says County Board Member Tom McRae of Bethalto.

Prenzler attacked at church fundraiser in Madison on Saturday

Ann Maher Mar. 13, 2017, 12:14pm

Police are investigating an assault and battery that took place on Saturday on Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler during a church fundraising event, according to a press release issued by the county this morning.

After litigating divorce settlement for more than a decade, imprisoned Gary Peel loses appeal

The Madison County Record Feb. 13, 2017, 5:37pm

Former lawyer Gary Peel, who failed in blackmailing former wife Deborah J. Peel, failed in litigating against her from prison for 10 years.

Bid-rigging class action can proceed; Supreme Court refuses to hear county, tax buyers' appeal

Ann Maher Jan. 27, 2017, 11:50am

An Illinois Supreme Court decision issued on Wednesday means that a class action trial over bid rigging by former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon and others can proceed.

Madison County closing courts and offices due to predicted ice storm

Ann Maher Jan. 12, 2017, 4:48pm

EDWARDSVILLE — Due to severe weather conditions expected on Friday, Madison County will close its offices.

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.