Ann Maher News

Cruse describes new bail reform law aimed at helping poor people, amidst criticism from Justice for Kane and radio host's racial slurs

By Ann Maher | Oct 9, 2018

The leader of a grassroots group seeking to oust St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina Cruse from office in next month's election refutes claims that there's a racial component to the anti-retention effort.

In pre-toilet problem polling, Pritzker leads Rauner by 22 points

By Ann Maher | Oct 3, 2018

CARBONDALE - Democrat J.B. Pritzker has a 22-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in the race for governor, according to a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released Tuesday.

St. Clair, Madison and Monroe county Democrat committees getting fuel from Pritzker tank

By Ann Maher | Oct 2, 2018

Local Democrat organizations have benefited from big money flowing from candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker who has invested $104 million of his personal wealth into election efforts this season.

Levee district secretary/treasurer charged with theft and official misconduct

By Ann Maher | Sep 27, 2018

Wood River Levee District secretary and treasurer Jamie L. Butkovich, 37, has been charged with theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 and official misconduct, amid reports that at least one employee of the district was having "paycheck problems."

County chair calls for forensic audit of Wood River levee district; Gibbons calls it irresponsible to discuss open investigations

By Ann Maher | Sep 26, 2018

Calling for a forensic audit of the Wood River Drainage and Levee District over possible misappropriation of funds has become the latest tussle between political rivals in Madison County government.

Cahokia police pension to get audited; Examiners will take a look at calculations

By Ann Maher | Sep 21, 2018

The Department of Insurance will be conducting an audit of the Cahokia Police Pension Fund.

Labor leader at Caseyville rally: 'Vote often, vote early...whatever you can get away with'

By Ann Maher | Sep 18, 2018

An O'Fallon attorney who's been involved in voter integrity initiatives as a volunteer for six years and who's also running for circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit said he is "very disturbed" by a video circulating on social media of a local labor leader encouraging people to "vote early and often," as in "East St. Louis."

Trial lawyer cash making its way into Fifth District race

By Ann Maher | Sep 17, 2018

The race to fill an open seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court has seen an infusion of trial lawyer campaign cash in recent weeks - from near and far.

Attorney for murder suspect argues State intentionally caused mistrial; Haida denies motion to dismiss Fields case

By Ann Maher | Sep 15, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida denied a motion to drop the State's case against David E. Fields, who is alleged to have killed Carl Silas at his Belleville apartment on Dec. 30, 2016.

Asbestos trial set to begin in Stobbs court; Plaintiff is from Madison County

By Ann Maher | Sep 14, 2018

An Edwardsville man who worked as an insulator for Shell Oil refinery in Wood River for more than 30 years is expected to take his mesothelioma case to trial in Madison County Circuit Court today.

From Legal Newsline

DOJ raises flag in Kaiser Gypsum bankruptcy; Says it will investigate illegal conduct in trusts

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice has stepped into Kaiser Gypsum's Chapter 11 bankruptcy pending in the Western District of North Carolina over concerns that its reorganization plan lacks sufficient safeguards to prevent fraud.

Asbestos litigation analysis shows downward trend - except for boom in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Sep 10, 2018

While asbestos filings in courts across the country appear to be declining, the number of new cases being filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court have more than doubled from a year ago.

Senior 'hall of famer' Helen Hawkins remembered as dedicated public servant

By Ann Maher | Sep 7, 2018

Longtime county board member Helen Hawkins of Granite City is being remembered as a "one of a kind," fierce, yet polite, advocate for her community.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

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.

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