Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois

Belleville, IL 62220, United States
Belleville, IL - 62220

Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Ruocco: Bully on the bench

Judge Kolker’s unreasonable behavior creates a chilling effect that discourages the legitimate exercise of one’s legal right to speak. We don’t need bullies on the bench.

Kolker campaign: 'facts are stubborn things'

I read with interest Ms. Ruocco's recent letter that she did not knowingly take Kolker for Judge's campaign slogan and social media posts. She also claimed she did not use the Kolker for Judge slogan of "Raising the Bar."

Kolker campaign accuses Republican candidate for judge of stealing campaign slogan; Ruocco denies any wrongdoing

The campaign committee for St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker last week called on candidate for judge Katherine Ruocco to "acknowledge stealing social media posts and campaign slogans."

Ruocco responds to Kolker's slogan stealing accusations

Alleging one candidate is “copying” another’s use of these predictably overlapping themes is ludicrous.

Elections board rules for Hilmes in ballot challenge brought by GOP rival Ruocco

The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican candidate for St. Clair County circuit judge "B. Marshall Hilmes" will be allowed to remain on the ballot at the March 20 primary election.

Kolker affirmed in cases paving the way for class actions; One plaintiff firm is campaign contributor

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges have affirmed two orders of 20th Circuit Associate Judge Christopher Kolker, paving the way for attorneys David Cates and John Driscoll to start class actions.

Trial for murder suspect Fields could take place this spring

Trial for suspect David Fields, accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas, could take place this spring.

Kolker sides with state labor in vacating Rauner's nullification of 'fair share'

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order prohibiting the collection of union dues from non-union state workers violates collective bargaining agreements.

Is your firm selling a commodity?

What differentiates your services from another firm? If a prospective client wants you to do a basic legal transaction, are you really different from the other firms in town? Or, if that person is looking to, let’s say, incorporate a business, is he or she going to choose you because your firm has a higher profile than the next? But are your services fundamentally different from the next guy’s, really? Probably not much.

Judge Kolker donates to charities at Christmas

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker announced that a family tradition of donating money to charities rather than exchanging gifts continued this year.

Felonious mayors, a tradition in Alorton

If it's true that American voters get the government they deserve, then the roughly two thousand residents of Alorton in St. Clair County must be truly deplorable. Or, they're extremely tolerant and forgiving.

New felony misconduct charge sidelines vote-buying trial set to begin today against Alorton mayor

BELLEVILLE – When state police charged Alorton mayor Jo Ann Reed with felony misconduct last week, she lost a trial date on a prior charge and may lose her lawyers.

Paul Evans would be big improvement over Vincent Lopinot

Four years ago, in the course of a single year, Katherine O’Malley, daughter of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, was charged with felony drug possession, shoplifting, and 14 traffic violations, but fined only $1,000 after pleading guilty to shoplifting, improper lane usage, and a seatbelt violation.

Hearing for suspect in Silas murder postponed again

BELLEVILLE – On the date of a hearing for murder suspect David Fields, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida canceled the hearing.

Evans says candidacy prompted by need for change in courthouse status quo

An O’Fallon attorney running for a circuit court vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit said in an announcement of his candidacy that he will be “an independent voice focused solely on the cases, ruling only on the law and facts.”

Judicial vacancies in St. Clair and Madison counties filled in with candidates

With the candidate filing period for the spring primary having closed on Monday, results indicate that the entire slate of circuit court vacancies in Madison and St. Clair counties will see contests in the November general election.

Duebbert enters not guilty plea before visiting judge in St. Clair County

BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert pleaded not guilty of sexual abuse and other charges earlier today.

Many in Southern Illinois justice system are involved in Duebbert-related legal actions

SPRINGFIELD – Seeking justice for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert means seeking it all over Southern Illinois.

Judge from Fourth Circuit will preside over state's case against Duebbert

A judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit will preside in the state's case against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier on Nov. 7.

Felony charges brought against Duebbert over alleged sexual abuse of former client

BELLEVILLE – Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.