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Special prosecutor to investigate possible obstruction of justice charges against Duebbert in connection with murder case

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2017, 5:25pm

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson on Wednesday afternoon approved a request for the appointment of a special prosecutor to decide whether Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert should be charged with obstruction of justice related to a first degree murder case.

Parolee who lived with Duebbert is charged with first degree murder

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2017, 10:25am

David E. Fields, 20, was charged on Tuesday with the first degree murder of Carl Z. Silas, 28, which occurred at a Belleville apartment on Dec. 30.

Duebbert re-assigned to administrative duties while police investigate 'person of interest' parolee who lived with judge

Ann Maher Jan. 3, 2017, 4:27pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert has been re-assigned to administrative duties due to his involvement with a registered violent offender who is now a "person of interest" in a Belleville murder investigation, according to Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson who entered the re-assignment order today.

Seventh Circuit denies review of Herndon's certification of $7.6 billion case against State Farm

Ann Maher Dec. 20, 2016, 8:55am

CHICAGO – The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has denied State Farm's petition for review of a class certification order over its role in the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier more than 12 years ago.

LeChien should not have jurisdiction over state labor dispute, critic says

Ann Maher Dec. 7, 2016, 9:21am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien has granted a temporary restraining order for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to block contract terms imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Duebbert sworn into office by McGlynn; No other judges attend ceremony

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2016, 6:20pm

Ronald Duebbert was sworn in as circuit judge Monday afternoon by fellow circuit judge Stephen McGlynn.

Prenzler sworn in as Madison County Chairman; First action is to allow veteran Lavite back into office

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2016, 12:31pm

Prenzler was sworn into office this morning by Associate Judge Luther Simmons before a crowd that included elected officials and supporters.

'Lightspeed' attorney Steele hit with another sanction in Herndon's federal court

Ann Maher Nov. 29, 2016, 2:33pm

U.S. District Judge David Herndon hammered Chicago plaintiff attorney John Steele with a $47,171.76 civil contempt sanction last week to compensate a defendant targeted in an "exploitive" lawsuit.

Illinois Supreme Court won't take up Union Pacific's challenge to St. Clair County forum

Ann Maher Nov. 29, 2016, 10:52am

The state's high court has denied Union Pacific's petition for leave to appeal a forum decision arising from a St. Clair County railroad injury case.

Madison County 'light' cigarette case hangs on in spite of demise of Price v. Philip Morris

Ann Maher Nov. 28, 2016, 3:37pm

An 11-year-old "light" cigarette lawsuit containing similar allegations as Madison County's most notable class action - Price v. Philip Morris - has been continued an 11th time since a judge ordered the plaintiff to explain why it should not be dismissed for want of prosecution.

As Fifth District gets reshaped, so too will lower courts in Third and First Judicial Circuits

Ann Maher Nov. 21, 2016, 9:05pm

The election of Judges John Barberis, 49, and James "Randy" Moore, 63, to the Fifth District Appellate Court ushers in relative youth to a bench where the average age is 68.2 years.

Randolph County jurors side with defense in fatal accident case; Plaintiff had sought $1 million

Ann Maher Nov. 15, 2016, 3:28pm

Randolph County jurors returned a defense verdict Oct. 21 following a week-long trial over the auto accident death of an 81-year-old man six years ago in Chester.

ICJL: Voters expect independence in their judges, as seen in rejection of candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:46pm

Candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse in Fifth District Appellate Court races "forfeited their ability to win," according to Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) President John Pastuovic.

Prenzler says that new administration will focus on 'better ethics' and tax cuts

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 10:41am

Madison County Board Chairman-elect Kurt Prenzler attributes his win Tuesday to running a "very positive" campaign and connecting with voters on a property tax cut referendum, which they overwhelmingly approved.

Duebbert tops chief Judge Baricevic in Twentieth Judicial Circuit race

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 2:38am

Republican Ron Duebbert has been elected circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, defeating Democrat incumbent, Chief Judge John Baricevic.

Barberis and Moore appear headed to victory in Fifth District Appellate Court races

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:22am

With 87 percent of precincts reporting in the Fifth Judicial District, Republican appellate court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore appear to have won their races.

Prenzler wins Madison County chairmanship

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:50pm

In a squeaker of a race, Republican Kurt Prenzler beat Democrat Alan Dunstan for chairmanship of Madison County government.

Last minute attack against Mudge and Matoesian is mystery to local political observers

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 3:29pm

Last minute campaign attacks against Madison County Circuit Judges Bill Mudge and Andy Matoesian appear to have originated with Washington, D.C.-based Our Generation, a non-profit, non-partisan group promoting "long-term, free market solutions to today's public policy concerns."

Lawyer-funded PAC running negative campaign against Barberis, Moore finishes out with robo calls

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:30am

Attacks against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court finished recently with negative robo calls, reminiscent of the well-funded, 11th hour targeting of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2014. .

Asbestos lawyer-funded PAC using 'underhanded' tactics with negative campaign flyers, critics say

Ann Maher Nov. 4, 2016, 12:00pm

Campaign advertising that depicts Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore as judicial "activists" in flyers sent to Republican households and as "judicial bobbleheads for Bruce Rauner" in flyers sent to Democratic households have infuriated supporters of the judges.