Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Appeal by former college professor turned meth producer, then legal assistant for Clayborne firm, rejected at 7th Circuit

By Record News | Jun 18, 2019

CHICAGO – Former methamphetamine producer Paul Whinnery worked for James Clayborne’s firm in Belleville while Clayborne led the Illinois Senate, according to a letter from the firm on record at the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Former Sycamore Village workers opt out of biometric privacy class action certified by Hoerner

By Record News | Jun 17, 2019

BELLEVILLE – As appellate judges began reviewing certification of a class action for employees of Sycamore Village assisted living care center in Swansea, the class shrank.

Murder suspect Fields was offered leniency in exchange for implicating Duebbert in Silas murder, JIB filing says

By Record News | Jun 13, 2019

SPRINGFIELD – David Fields waited two years in jail for a murder trial when he could have implicated Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert in exchange for leniency at the outset, according to Duebbert’s lawyer.

Fifth District reverses Kolker in disclosure dispute; Plaintiff attorney had given his campaign $1K as case played out

By Record News | Jun 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Christopher Kolker improperly ordered Family Video to disclose attorney work product in a slip and fall suit, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on June 5.

Gleeson enters good faith order for plaintiff in pollution suit

By Record News | Jun 6, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson plans to review the fairness of 11,256 settlements of pollution claims against Monsanto on an individual basis.

Hoerner admonishes defense in BIPA certified class action: ‘plaintiffs…don’t need you doing their thinking for them’

By Record News | May 30, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges will review an order of St. Clair County Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner, certifying a class action on biometric data for a client of former chief judge John Baricevic.

No order entered yet on Monsanto good faith finding in settlement of 11K pollution claims

By Record News | May 29, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Monsanto has answered questions of Fifth District appellate judges about settlement of 11,256 pollution claims, Bruce Cook argued for Monsanto at a May 22 hearing.

St. Clair County defendants and plaintiffs on a substitution roll with Kolker, McGlynn

By Record News | May 10, 2019

BELLEVILLE – At least 28 defendants in St. Clair County suits have substituted Circuit Judge Christopher Kolker in the last year, and at least 11 plaintiffs have substituted Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn in two months.

IMRF argues county board member should not be allowed to revise history with amended timesheets

By Record News | Apr 30, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund trustees have asked St. Clair County Associate Judge Julie Katz to reject timesheets that county board member Robert Allen changed after the fund audited him.

Probation officers, court workers sue St. Clair County officials over board's budget cuts

By Record News | Apr 17, 2019

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County’s board adopted a budget that would have harmed probation officers and court workers in four other counties, according to a suit their union filed in chancery court.

Missouri woman's insurance claim won't be decided in St. Clair Co.; State Farm had argued forum shopping

By Record News | Apr 16, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Heather Brinkley of DeSoto, Mo., who sued State Farm in St. Clair County circuit court over coverage of her home, chose not to resist a challenge to the court’s jurisdiction.

Belleville law firm suing accountant over tax fines and penalties may have case decided by jury

By Record News | Apr 16, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Chatham and Baricevic law firm didn’t want a jury to resolve its dispute with accountant Mark Diak, but Associate Judge Julie Katz has given herself an option to hold a jury trial.

Paraquat suit against Syngenta, BIPA class action against nursing home land in Hoerner’s court

By Record News | Mar 5, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Rookie Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner holds in his hands two cases that other St. Clair County judges turned loose like hot potatoes.

Plaintiffs in mass pollution case agree to stay Cerro trial for Monsanto good faith finding

By Record News | Feb 12, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered Monsanto to move for a finding of good faith in its $21 million mass settlement of pollution claims.

Accountant sued by Baricevic firm responds to St. Clair County suit

By The Madison County Record | Feb 4, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Accountant Mark Diak claims lawyers Grey Chatham and Charles Baricevic should file a malpractice suit over their exposure to tax penalties instead of seeking judgment in equity.

‘I don’t want to say nothing’ means police interrogation must cease, Fifth District rules

By Record News | Jan 31, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges found former chief circuit judge John Baricevic correctly suppressed statements that teenage murder suspect Darran McCloud made after telling police, “I don’t want to say nothing.”

Associate judges picked at St. Clair County: Hoerner, Foley and Campbell

By Ann Maher | Jan 25, 2019

The newest associate judges who will serve at St. Clair County Circuit Court are Stacy Campbell, 37, of O'Fallon; Patrick R. Foley, 44, of Belleville and Kevin T. Hoerner, 56, of Belleville.

Judge Cruse featured speaker at tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. in O'Fallon

By From the O'Fallon Weekly | Jan 23, 2019

The 10th annual O’Fallon Metro East Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast took place at New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church on Monday, with a keynote speech on injustice delivered by the first African American woman elected judge in St. Clair County.

JIB convenes next month in Duebbert case; Four other St. Clair Co. judges have faced discipline

By Record News | Jan 23, 2019

CHICAGO – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert will face a commission with the power to reprimand, censure, suspend, or remove him on Feb. 27.

Cerro Copper asks Fifth District to delay pollution trial 35 days after request denied in St. Clair County

By Record News | Jan 22, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – Metal recycler Cerro Copper has asked Fifth District appellate judges to delay a pollution trial for 35 days, claiming a swap of trial dates between St. Clair County judges made proper preparation impossible.

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