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Incumbent county board member Dalton defeats challenger in Dem primary battle

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

Madison County Board member Liz Dalton has defeated challenger Alexis Hitt for the Democrat nomination to a County Board seat covering Collinsville in District 28.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

Staples and politics in Madison County: Ballot access survivor will be tested in primary

By Ann Maher | Mar 16, 2018

Election laws sometimes can produce unfair results even when all that a civic minded citizen wants to do is fulfill a noble purpose - public service. A lawyer familiar with ballot access case law sees it this way: "They are the rules that we all live with, and the rules are the rules."

Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

By Ann Maher | Mar 14, 2018

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

Ruocco: 'Not afraid to stand up for what is right, challenge status quo'

By Ann Maher | Mar 14, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has a recommendation for voters who want change in the St. Clair County judiciary, a court system she says is "fraught with scandals" - vote for someone who is not part of the "establishment."

Chicago GOP plans to sue CPS over planned school walk outs; Some local districts have different take on school day protests

By Ann Maher | Mar 13, 2018

While some local school districts have taken positions against students participating in a planned national student walkout tomorrow to protest the Parkland, Fla. shooting and push for additional gun laws, the same cannot be said for the Chicago Public School (CPS) system.

Ed/Glen Chamber points to impact on business with 1 percent CSFT tax increase

By Ann Maher | Mar 13, 2018

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the proposed 1 percent County School Facilities Tax (CSFT). And while the organization has not taken an explicit "anti" position, its analysis leans that way.

Appellate court rules against Patton in ballot access challenge

By Ann Maher | Mar 12, 2018

The First District Appellate Court has rejected a ballot access appeal brought by Edwardsville mayor Hal Patton, whose candidacy for state Senate has been derailed.

ICJL rates judicial candidates ahead of primary; Newly minted Irishman only one in state 'not recommended'

By Ann Maher | Mar 12, 2018

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) has evaluated judicial candidates running across the state in next week's primary, and for the local ones who participated in the tort reform group's survey, all received ratings of "recommended" or better.

AG: Madison County Sheriff violated FOIA in refusing to release video at Clerk's office

By Ann Maher | Mar 8, 2018

The Madison County Sheriff's Office violated the Freedom of Information Act by denying access to video footage of a county board member filing election petitions at the County Clerk's office in December, according to a ruling issued by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office on March 6.

Hilmes: 'People of 20th Circuit deserve judges who will be fair, impartial'

By Ann Maher | Mar 6, 2018

Running as a Republican in the March 20 primary, candidate for circuit judge Marshall Hilmes said he would like to see changes take place in the Twentieth Judicial court system.

White House to nominate Brad Maxwell as U.S. Marshal; Shares vision of 'Making America Safe Again'

By Ann Maher | Mar 6, 2018

WASHINGTON - Brad Maxwell, 46, of Edwardsville will be nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, according to a White House press release issued today.

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Competing litigation lending bills sets apart industry interests from consumer protection

By Ann Maher | Mar 5, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY - Competing bills under consideration in the Missouri Senate propose different ways of overseeing a growing practice in the legal profession - litigation lending to people who want upfront payment while their cases play out in court.

Sales tax proposal repeats request for more; Opponent says rates will be among highest in country

By Ann Maher | Mar 4, 2018

Proponents of a 1 percent sales tax hike in Madison County are hoping that the third time in seven years is a charm.

Appellate court candidates Overstreet and Hoerner receive 'highly qualified' ratings in ISBA evaluation

By Ann Maher | Mar 2, 2018

Justice David Overstreet and Belleville attorney Kevin Hoerner were rated "highly qualified" in a review by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Judicial Evaluations Committee, released this week.

Republican candidate for judge in Madison County receives favorable ratings in ISBA poll

By Ann Maher | Feb 28, 2018

A Republican candidate for circuit judge in the Third Judicial Circuit has received high marks in the Illinois State Bar Association's judicial advisory poll.

ISBA judicial poll results are in: GOP candidate rated in single digit is among lowest statewide in nearly 20 years

By Ann Maher | Feb 28, 2018

Democrat candidates seeking election to circuit court seats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit have received high marks in the Illinois State Bar Association judicial advisory poll released this week.

Lawsuit says municipal funding of private water company is not legal

By Ann Maher | Feb 27, 2018

A lawsuit filed at Macoupin County circuit court last week claims that a private water company created by the city of Carlinville, village of Dorchester and Jersey County Rural Water Co.. and the public funding it receives. is not legal.

Local radio personality/candidate disavowed by GOP lashes out at being censured

By Ann Maher | Feb 26, 2018

Radio personality and Republican candidate for state Senate Bob Romanik said on air today that he didn't "give a damn" about action the county GOP organization took last week in condemning his candidacy.

Janus v. AFSCME oral arguments scheduled Monday

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME on Feb. 26, in a case challenging the constitutionality of compulsory union dues for state government workers.

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