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Asbestos report shows Madison County remains 'preeminent mature' jurisdiction

Ann Maher Mar. 19, 2017, 5:06pm

Madison County's court system and some of the high profile local lawyers who built their practices here continue to dominate the nation's asbestos litigation landscape.

Rosenstengel awards med mal plaintiff who suffered kidney damage $29.6 million

Ann Maher Mar. 15, 2017, 2:48pm

U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel on Tuesday awarded a plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit $29.6 million in damages following a bench trial that took place in federal court in East St. Louis in October.

Prenzler attacked at church fundraiser in Madison on Saturday

Ann Maher Mar. 13, 2017, 12:14pm

Police are investigating an assault and battery that took place on Saturday on Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler during a church fundraising event, according to a press release issued by the county this morning.

Supporters of 1 cent sales tax increase say it will relieve property owners; Plenty of critics say tax payers are already tapped out

Ann Maher Mar. 10, 2017, 3:29pm

Madison County voters next month must decide whether to increase sales tax by 1 cent to help schools with capital improvement projects.

Poll shows voters want balanced budget through spending cuts, not tax increases

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 9:27am

A new poll shows that more than half of Illinoisans say state government spends too much money, and should close its budget deficit by only cutting spending – not raising taxes.

Vote buying in East St. Louis? Township supervisor candidate says no

Ann Maher Mar. 7, 2017, 6:38am

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said he is aware of videos posted March 4 on YouTube that raise questions about vote fraud in East St. Louis. 

Early voting is on for April 4 consolidated election

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2017, 4:28pm

Early voting for the upcoming April 4 election began Thursday and will run through April 3.

Van Hoose says he plans to appeal or seek reconsideration of misdemeanor assault conviction

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2017, 10:02am

Brad Van Hoose of Belleville said he expects his attorney will seek reconsideration of a bench verdict that found him guilty on Friday of misdemeanor assault of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black.

Overstreet to fill Fifth District at-large vacancy

Ann Maher Feb. 21, 2017, 11:29am

Second Judicial Circuit Judge David K. Overstreet, 51, of Mount Vernon has been assigned to the Fifth District Appellate Court to fill a vacancy created following last November's election.

Daiber will seek Democratic nomination for Illinois governor

Ann Maher Feb. 11, 2017, 8:49am

Madison County Regional Superintendent Robart A. Daiber will seek the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor next year.

State social service agencies sue in St. Clair County to force timely payments for services

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2017, 6:41pm

A group of state human and social service agencies and companies filed suit today in St. Clair County against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials to force timely payments for services performed.

Dugan picked to fill Barberis vacancy in Third Circuit

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2017, 11:47am

East Alton attorney David W. Dugan has been picked to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit, created when former circuit judge John Barberis was elected to the appellate court in November.

Former manager of Illinois Lottery faces class action in St. Clair County; Northstar allegedly discontinued games to maximize earnings

Ann Maher Feb. 8, 2017, 11:59am

The first private company to run Illinois Lottery is being sued in St. Clair County for allegedy not paying out all, and in some cases any, grand prizes to ticket purchasers by discontinuing games.

St. Clair County settles discrimination suit with former clerk

Ann Maher Feb. 7, 2017, 9:47am

A discrimination suit against St. Clair County Circuit Clerk Kahala Clay settled Jan. 30, the day it was set to go to a jury trial in federal court in Benton.

Supreme Court consolidates budget impasse and labor contract appeals at Fourth District

Ann Maher Feb. 6, 2017, 3:52pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has consolidated appeals to the Fourth District Appellate Court involving Gov. Bruce Rauner’s declaration that negotiations with a state labor union have reached impasse and that workers' contracts have expired.

Special prosecutors have been picked to lead Duebbert investigation

Ann Maher Feb. 6, 2017, 10:40am

Prosecutors from outside the Metro East have been picked to lead an investigation of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert to decide whether he should be charged with obstruction of justice related to a first degree murder case.

Moore's seat in First Judicial Circuit to be filled by Carbondale attorney Gill

Ann Maher Feb. 1, 2017, 9:09am

Carbondale attorney Carey C. Gill, 40, of Carterville has been appointed an at large circuit judge in the First Judicial Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Jan. 26.

Illinois Policy Institute proposes property tax freeze, moving pensions to self-managed plans, no tax increase

Ann Maher Jan. 31, 2017, 5:20pm

The Illinois Policy Institute outlined a budget reform plan today that would balance the state budget and close a projected $7.1 billion budget deficit without raising taxes.

'Grand Bargain' budget is 'irresponsible overspending,' McCarter says

Ann Maher Jan. 30, 2017, 3:33pm

One of six state senators who have pledged not to raise income taxes from the current level of 3.75 to 4.95 percent is Kyle McCarter, a Republican from Lebanon.

Bid-rigging class action can proceed; Supreme Court refuses to hear county, tax buyers' appeal

Ann Maher Jan. 27, 2017, 11:50am

An Illinois Supreme Court decision issued on Wednesday means that a class action trial over bid rigging by former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon and others can proceed.