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Duebbert survives motorcycle crash with minor injuries; Calls it 'divine intervention'

Ann Maher Oct. 18, 2017, 10:07am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert said he escaped more serious injury riding on his full size cruising motorcycle earlier this week because "God was my passenger who clearly wanted me to go back to work."

Missouri court of appeals knocks out $72 million talcum powder verdict against J&J

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2017, 1:55pm

ST. LOUIS - A $72 million talcum powder verdict leveled against Johnson & Johnson last year has been vacated by a state appeals court.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

Ann Maher Oct. 11, 2017, 8:34am

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.

Special prosecutor sought again to investigate an elected St. Clair County judge

Ann Maher Oct. 7, 2017, 8:20am

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving an unnamed circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Voters in 20th Judicial Circuit will be deciding six seats in 2018

Ann Maher Oct. 4, 2017, 2:08pm

In an era of big turnover expected in state government, voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will also have ample decisions to make next year with three open seat races and likely three retention questions.

Prenzler wants $500k in budget to treat opioid, heroin addiction

Ann Maher Sep. 26, 2017, 2:10pm

Madison County plans to include $500,000 for heroin addiction treatment in a budget proposal set to be released on Wednesday.

Plaintiffs seek MDL for opioid litigation; Lawyer argues for Ohio or Illinois

Ann Maher Sep. 26, 2017, 10:21am

Plaintiffs in opioid litigation pending in federal court seek to consolidate approximately 66 government actions into multi-district litigation in Ohio or Illinois.

Rauner vetoes geolocation bill; Business groups cheer

Ann Maher Sep. 25, 2017, 9:47am

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed an internet privacy bill saying it would harm businesses and inhibit innovation without improving protections for consumers.

Gleeson forms exploratory committee on voluntary drug testing for judges

Ann Maher Sep. 22, 2017, 11:25am

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has formed an exploratory committee to "advance the implementation" of a voluntary judge drug testing program in the circuit.

Goldenhersh will not seek another term at Fifth District in '18

Ann Maher Sep. 20, 2017, 4:01pm

Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Richard Goldenhersh will not seek another 10-year term when his current one expires at the end of next year.

Former prosecutor in age discrimination case seeks to withdraw confession, and lawsuit

Ann Maher Sep. 18, 2017, 2:45pm

Former Madison County prosecutor Julia Matoesian seeks to withdraw a confession her former attorney entered on her behalf in an age discrimination suit she also seeks to withdraw against State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and the county.

Lisa Madigan won't seek re-election next year

Ann Maher Sep. 15, 2017, 1:17pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Twitter today that after serving 14 years, she will not seek re-election next year.

Hopkins joins Gori Julian; will keep office in Alton

Ann Maher Sep. 8, 2017, 8:21am

Alton attorney John J. Hopkins has merged with the firm of Gori Julian & Associates.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge LeChien has died

Ann Maher Aug. 31, 2017, 12:54pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert P. LeChien, 65, has died, according to courthouse officials.

McCarter: Rauner is 'the best Republican Democrats have ever had'

Ann Maher Aug. 29, 2017, 10:50am

Calling Gov. Bruce Rauner "the best Republican Democrats have ever had," fellow GOPer State Sen. Kyle McCarter believes the sanctuary state bill signed into law yesterday will negatively affect the governor's re-election hopes.

Rauner issues amendatory veto of unclaimed property bill; Hammers 'overreach of private auditing firms'

Ann Maher Aug. 28, 2017, 6:40am

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday issued an amendatory veto of a bill requiring insurance companies with electronic records to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 2000.

I-LAW: Darkness of litigation will last a lot longer than solar eclipse

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 5:27pm

Travis Akin, who heads the tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said he can't predict what litigation trends will emerge post- solar eclipse, but he believes that "darkness" created by "frivolous" lawsuits will last a lot longer than the two and a half minutes or so that southern Illinoisans - and others - will experience mid-day a week from today.

Foley trial continued to October

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 4:26pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp has continued today's trial setting for Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, who is accused of attacking Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser in Madison in March.

McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progressive tax system is real motivation

Ann Maher Aug. 10, 2017, 12:29pm

The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

Former Township worker claims she was fired for not selling fundraiser tickets; Plaintiff: 'Republican at worst or not a Democrat at best'

Ann Maher Aug. 7, 2017, 4:02pm

A former employee of Wood River Township claims she was wrongfully terminated for refusing to sell tickets to a political fundraiser prior to the municipal election earlier this year.