Belleville Area Special Services News

Authorities decline to provide accident report involving Belleville police and powerful attorney; Search of court records yields traffic ticket

By Record News | Jun 10, 2016

Eight days after a collision on West Main Street in Belleville injured two city police officers, Illinois State Police charged attorney Bruce N. Cook, 76, with failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle.

Collinsville city councilwoman sues city and political rivals over disclosures to media

By Ann Maher | May 4, 2016

Collinsville councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich is suing political opponents saying they produced documents about her personal use of a city credit card while she served as city clerk and provided them to a newspaper reporter with the intention of intimidating her from taking office after she was elected last year.

Policy Analyst:Tax hike without pension reform is an assault on taxpayers

By Sharon Brooks Hodge | Apr 27, 2016

An Illinois public policy analyst believes a tax hike in Belleville to pay for increases in fire and police pensions is unfair to taxpayers.

Taxpayers' advocate trounces Illinois Teachers Retirement System: 'Nothing compares to its fraud, waste and abuse'

By Ann Maher | Mar 3, 2016

Former O'Fallon Township High School Superintendent Russell Clover who earns $185,465 in retirement is among the highest paid beneficiaries of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), according to the Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

Freedom of speech includes freedom to criticize public officials

By The Madison County Record | Feb 16, 2016

It seems not only does federal freedom of speech provide protection by calling a chairman corrupt but as of 2011 so does Illinois law that may not forbid speakers from making "personal" comment. That includes boards and commissions and any other local bodies.

Retired federal judge Stiehl passes away at age 90

By The Madison County Record | Feb 9, 2016

Among the many cases Stiehl presided over at the Southern District of Illinois was the prosecution of former Madison County attorney Gary Peel on bankruptcy fraud and child pornography charges.

State Board of Elections set to hear objections to St. Clair County judges' candidacies Jan. 20

By Ann Maher | Jan 14, 2016

The Illinois State Board of Elections will meet next week to hear challenges to the candidacies of three sitting circuit judges who have chosen unusual paths toward keeping their positions. Twentieth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John Baricevic and Circuit Judges Robert LeChien and Robert Haida submitted letters of resignation to Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman both on Aug. 3 and Aug. 14, 2015, writing that they intended to seek election to their seats rather than to seek retenti

Woman sues Belleville, city clerk for alleged slander, libel

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 30, 2015

BELLEVILLE – A Belleville woman is suing the municipality and the city clerk, alleging she was slandered and libeled.

Former St. Jacob mayor files defamation suit against St. Jacob trustee

By Robbie Hargett | Nov 30, 2015

A former mayor of St. Jacob is suing a current St. Jacob trustee, alleging defamatory statements.

Andy Economy resigns from Board of Commissioners amid scandal

By Hanna Nakano | Nov 19, 2015

Hours before the Nov. 18 meeting in which the Madison County Board was to vote on Andy Economy’s removal as president of the Board of Commissioners of the Metro East Sanitary District, Economy resigned.

Dunstan says he will ask for review of boards and commissions in wake of MESD questions

By Hanna Nakano | Nov 3, 2015

Dunstan said he would request a review by a County Board Committee of all policies and procedures used by board and commissions in different areas of Madison County.

Prenzler calls for investigation into Andy Economy's business with MESD

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 30, 2015

A public official is calling for an investigation of Andy Economy, Metro East Sanitary District’s president of the Board of Commissioners, to determine if his car repair business is improperly profiting from the sanitary district.

Board president's business profits when district-owned vehicles need repair

By Hanna Nakano | Oct 28, 2015

A local public official says it’s okay that his business is making money through insurance claims turned in by local government officials, because it’s insurance money, not out of the pockets of taxpayers. 

Judges presiding in St. Clair County not seeking retention

By Ann Maher | Aug 27, 2015

Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien are vacating their seats and will not be running for retention in next year's election. They're not retiring, however. According to a report in the Belleville News Democrat, they plan to run for election instead. Baricevic has not returned a call placed on Wednesday.

Treasurer's race: Asbestos firm that seeks to represent victims of Chemetco pollution gives big to candidate whose husband was company's operations director

By The Madison County Record | Oct 22, 2014

Candidate for Madison County Treasurer Marleen Suarez has denied being involved “in any way” with former copper smelter Chemetco, one of the worst air and water polluters ever located in the heavily industrialized county.

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