Ann Maher News

David v Goliath type race playing out in 113th District; Hoffman has close to $1 million, but Jameson has thousands of contacts

By Ann Maher | Aug 17, 2018

Republican candidate for state representative Doug Jameson hopes to pull an upset in November over long time incumbent, Democrat Jay Hoffman of Belleville.

Rauner vetoes legislation that would have replaced Republican with Democrat at helm of MESD

By Ann Maher | Jul 17, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have reshaped the Metro East Sanitary District, saying the legislation - sponsored by local Democrat legislators - was a politically-motivated attempt to undercut the board led by Republican Steve Adler.

Witness for Duebbert, sister and office manager, was prepared to testify allegations 'totally made up'

By Ann Maher | Jul 10, 2018

A witness for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert was prepared to testify that his accuser fabricated all of the claims that led to felony criminal sexual abuse and intimidation charges filed against him last year.

Retired Fairview Heights police chief seeks to reduce 'staggering' violent crime rate in campaign for St. Clair Co. Sheriff

By Ann Maher | Jul 10, 2018

After 30 years serving in the Fairview Heights Police Department, Nick Gailius recently retired as Chief and turned his attention to fighting crime on a larger scale.

Charges against Duebbert dropped at request of accuser

By Ann Maher | Jul 5, 2018

Criminal charges against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert are being dropped just four days before trial was set to begin.

State legislature passes bill that reshapes Republican-controlled board in Metro-East

By Ann Maher | Jun 5, 2018

Democrat lawmakers pushed a bill through Springfield last week that will reshape a local government board under Republican control.

Progressive income tax resolution passes in State House

By Ann Maher | May 30, 2018

A progressive income tax resolution passed in the State House on Tuesday 61-52, mostly along party lines.

State Board of Elections must hear Mautino allegations of misspending

By Ann Maher | May 23, 2018

The Fourth District Appellate Court on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois State Board of Elections must revisit allegations that embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign committee made more than $200,000 in illegal payments while he served as a state representative, according to a press release from the Liberty Justice Center.

FOIA requester wants state AG to subpoena documents from Madison County SA involving sexual harassment allegations

By Ann Maher | May 22, 2018

A former employee of the Madison County State's Attorney's office wants the state attorney general to subpoena internal documents the office refuses to turn over involving sexual harassment allegations against former chief investigator Kevin Hendricks, whose position was eliminated March 1.

Former jailer pleads guilty to theft of government property

By Ann Maher | May 18, 2018

A former St. Clair County jailer accused of stealing money from a detainee has pleaded guilty to theft of government property.

'Confiscatory' tax proposal has critics steaming; Proposal would add 1 percent on top of homeowners' tax bills

By Ann Maher | May 14, 2018

A proposal that would make residential property owners pay an additional 1 percent special assessment over and above their existing property tax bills to help bail out five under-funded state pension systems has two conservative politicos steaming.

Karmeier to administer oath to new attorneys on Thursday

By Ann Maher | May 8, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will administer the attorney's oath to approximately 74 new lawyers at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

Wine and spirits executive prevails in appeal brought by Randall's

By Ann Maher | May 8, 2018

An executive in the alcohol industry who was sued for allegedly telling a St. Louis TV reporter that she had been fired from Randall's Wine & Spirits on the basis of transgender discrimination has prevailed at the Fifth District Appellate Court.

From Legal Newsline

Mom of victim: Ultimatum from lawyer, paternity test led to regrettable settlement with Tony Stewart

By Ann Maher | May 5, 2018

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The mother of a race car driver killed nearly four years ago by famed NASCAR driver Tony Stewart says she felt cornered into settling her wrongful death lawsuit by her high-profile lawyer who threatened to abandon the case if it went to trial – an allegation disputed by the attorney.

Advocates for dissolving CARD looking for help in petition drive

By Ann Maher | May 4, 2018

Had things gone as planned at the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD), cash flowing from the registers at a golf course and water park and back into the district’s general revenue fund might have served as a model for other communities.

IDC to hold Law Day event May 4 at Wildey Theater; This year's theme: 'separation of powers'

By Ann Maher | May 1, 2018

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel will celebrate Law Day on May 4 with a judges' panel discussing issues related to separation of powers and the role the judicial branch plays in enforcing and upholding the law.

Legislation that would have allowed third party vendors access to business financial records defeated in House

By Ann Maher | Apr 26, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would have allowed the state to disclose private business financial information to third party auditors was defeated in the State House on Wednesday.

Wife of former U.S. Attorney seeks divorce in Madison County

By Ann Maher | Apr 24, 2018

The wife of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has petitioned for divorce in Madison County Circuit Court citing irreconcilable differences.

Plank wins MC GOP chairmanship; Control of state party remains in question

By Ann Maher | Apr 23, 2018

Madison County GOP precinct committee men and women voted for current chairman Jeremy Plank over challenger, county board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, by a five point margin - 52.5 to 47.5 percent - at last week's party convention.

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