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.
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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
Results of county board races in Madison and St. Clair was a tale of two counties on election night.
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 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.
Justice David Overstreet has easily won a permanent seat to the Fifth District Appellate Court.
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 in the Collinsville Area Recreation District appear to have given a resounding thumbs up to dissolve the financially strapped park district.
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.
"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.
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).
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'
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.