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Jurors award $301,000 to brother of detainee who hung himself at St. Clair County Jail

By Ann Maher | Dec 11, 2018

The brother of a detainee who hung himself at the St. Clair County jail in May 2014 has been awarded $301,000 in damages in a wrongful death trial against Sheriff Rick Watson and the county that played out in federal court in Benton.

Praise for outgoing Clayborne notes senator's preference for 'lucrative committees'

By Ann Maher | Nov 19, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - The career of soon-to-be retired State Sen. James Clayborne (D-East St. Louis) was celebrated last week by colleagues who praised his achievements over the past 23 years - namely his ability to bring home the bacon: millions more for schools via a reworked funding formula, money for rebuilding Wolf Branch and Belle Valley middle schools, remodeling East St. Louis High School and replacing an ancient Lebanon School District building.

Madison County government stays in Republican control; Democrats stays firmly in control in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Nov 7, 2018

Results of county board races in Madison and St. Clair was a tale of two counties on election night.

Rudolf wins the 'Fiss' seat, defeating challenger Ruocco by four-point margin

By Ann Maher | Nov 7, 2018

In the race for a seat being vacated by Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, Associate Judge Heinz Rudolf has won by a four-point margin.

Judges seeking retention in Twentieth Judicial Circuit win in spite of opposition

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Judges running for retention in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit have easily won retention - in spite of a well-organized effort to unseat Circuit Judge Zina Cruse.

Overstreet wins permanent seat at Fifth District, likely shifting balance 5-2 conservative

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Justice David Overstreet has easily won a permanent seat to the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Incumbent Bristow elected Representative for 111th District

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Incumbent Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) defeated Republican Mike Babcock by a margin of 50.5 to 49.5 percent for Illinois' 111th House District.

Voters sending strong message to dissolve financially distressed park district

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Voters in the Collinsville Area Recreation District appear to have given a resounding thumbs up to dissolve the financially strapped park district.

Green wave of Madigan, trial lawyer cash flowing into House races: Bristow, Costello and Stuart

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018

Three local Democrat House members seeking re-election next week are among the top beneficiaries of campaign cash raining down from House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose interests in recent weeks have been showered with greenbacks from the trial bar.

New category in ICJL evaluation names sleeping judge and others to 'Behaving Badly' list

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018

"Judges Behaving Badly" is a new category being used by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) to assess judges seeking retention in next week's general election.

Madlock points to rising taxes as primary motivator in uphill run against Democrat incumbent

By Ann Maher | Oct 30, 2018

Taxes. It's the number one reason Jason Madlock of Centreville seeks election as a Republican to the 114th House District in hopes of unseating incumbent LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis).

Supporters of CARD dissolution call on voters to turn out; Super-majority needed

By Ann Maher | Oct 30, 2018

A chief organizer in the effort to dissolve the financially distressed Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD) in next Tuesday's election is calling on voters not to "sit this one out."

'Uncle Mike' video suggests voter fraud at care facilities; Incumbent calls ad 'cruel' and 'inappropriate'

By Ann Maher | Oct 29, 2018

An Alton woman says in a campaign video that when she learned her Uncle Mike has been voting from a residential facility in Godfrey that cares for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, she felt someone was using him.

Internal polling shows Kay taking lead over Stuart in 112th House District

By Ann Maher | Oct 25, 2018

The race for the 112th House District between incumbent Katie Stuart (D-Collinsville) and Republican challenger Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon has tightened - with internal polling showing Kay taking a two-point lead, up from a four-point deficit in polling conducted last week.

Illinois National Guard on standby to thwart foreign cyber attacks on election day

By Ann Maher | Oct 23, 2018

While a Russian hack into the state's voter database didn't alter election results in 2016, the threat of a more serious attack this year motivated Illinois election officials to partner with one of the most highly-trained cyber security forces around to deal in real time with potential breaches.

Election judges and poll watchers were shut out in '16, suit claims; Republican seeks injunction for access

By Ann Maher | Oct 22, 2018

A lawsuit filed Monday seeks an injunction requiring Madison County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza to make election night vote counting open to all election judges and poll watchers.

Taxpayer revolt rally set next week gaining interest among GOP base and candidates

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

A “taxpayer revolt rally” is set to take place next Wednesday in Collinsville in opposition to what organizers say are “extreme taxes” being proposed as solutions to the state’s disastrous financial situation.

Overstreet win at Fifth District could grow conservative hold on bench

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Republican candidate for a permanent seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court, Justice David Overstreet, steers clear of addressing "trigger" issues for the trial bar - "frivolous" litigation and "caps" on damages - in questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League.

Gleeson, Cruse and Emge respond to ICJL questionnaire on range of topics

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties - will be asked in next month's election whether circuit judges Andrew Gleeson (chief judge), Zina Cruse (at large judge) and Daniel Emge (Washington County resident judge) should be retained - yes or no.

County board candidate says voters in west Belleville district are fed up with high property taxes

By Ann Maher | Oct 12, 2018

If there's one concern common among voters in St. Clair County Board District 8 it's high property taxes, according to Republican candidate Deborah Brennan.

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