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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.

Civil justice reforms proposed in House include venue reform, joint and several liability and judicial retention

By Ann Maher | Feb 22, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would restrict judges from seeking election to their own seats has been refiled after dying in a previous session of the Illinois General Assembly.

Battle for Metro-East House seat between Meier and Moore intensifies

By Ann Maher | Feb 20, 2018

When an incumbent state rep candidate claims opposition forces want him dead and the opposition candidate accuses the incumbent's team of hiring a private investigator to follow his wife around town, it might just be a Tier One race.

Rare GOP primary contest for St. Clair County judgeship goes negative

By Ann Maher | Feb 13, 2018

Republican voters in St. Clair County will see something unusual on the ballot March 20 – two candidates vying for the same judgeship.

Fifth District affirms Rudolf in foreclosure proceeding

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed St. Clair County Associate Judge Heinz Rudolf in a foreclosure proceeding where a losing bidder who claimed to have been the highest bidder was not allowed to intervene in the case to object to the sale going to the second highest bidder.

Appellate court upholds Crowder in family dispute over IRA funds

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder in a family's dispute over ownership of a deceased man's retirement account valued in excess of $500,000.

Prenzler says he met with task force investigator voluntarily: Two new cases of corruption brought forth

By Ann Maher | Feb 6, 2018

Madison County Board chairman Kurt Prenzler said he met voluntarily on Friday with a member of a county public corruption task force which nearly four weeks ago raided offices of administration officials.

Lawyer for Prenzler, others says Gibbons has conflict of interest in pursuing task force investigation

By Ann Maher | Jan 31, 2018

A lawyer for Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and other officials whose offices were raided three weeks ago by a public corruption task force is seeking an outside prosecutor, saying State's Attorney Tom Gibbons is conflicted.

Associate Judge Kelley to retire March 1; Applications sought for that vacancy but not LeChien's

By Ann Maher | Jan 30, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley, 66, will retire March 1, approximately a year before his current four-year term expires.

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