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Appellate court upholds St. Clair County ruling terminating East St. Louis father's parental rights

By Pam Wright | Jul 11, 2017

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's ruling terminating the parental rights of an East St. Louis man.

Appeals court upholds ruling taking custody of two kids from East St. Louis mother

By Denise Royal | Jun 30, 2017

MT. VERNON — An Illinois mother will not regain primary physical custody of two of her children after an appeals court upheld a decision to not return them to her. The court ruled that the mother of five, who has a history of mental illness and violent outbursts, failed to make enough progress to regain custody of her 10-year-old and her 3-year-old.

Federal court green-lights lawsuit challenging state’s gun restriction policies for families

By Nancy Crist | Feb 1, 2017

URBANA — A federal judge recently denied the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its foster parent policies restricting firearms possession.

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