Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois

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


Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

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.

Former candidate for State Senate also seeking GOP nomination for Fiss seat

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea is seeking the Republican nomination for a judicial vacancy being created by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring next year.

More farmers join St. Clair County paraquat class action

BELLEVILLE – Three farmers more than 80 years old have joined a St. Clair County suit claiming weed killer paraquat caused them to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Woman alleges former Mt. Vernon police officer sexually assaulted her; Lawsuit filed by Marissa attorney seeking candidacy for circuit court

EAST ST. LOUIS – A woman is suing the City of Mt. Vernon and a former police officer after the officer allegedly abused his authority and sexually assaulted her while on duty.

Former client of Duebbert claims sexual battery in petition seeking to withdraw guilty plea

BELLEVILLE – Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, who swore while on probation for fleeing police that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert sexually battered him when in private practice, had signed a different affidavit 12 days earlier.

Marissa attorney announces candidacy for circuit court on GOP ticket

Attorney Marshall Hilmes of Marissa is seeking election as circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit for the seat being vacated next year by Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring.

Authorities differ on process for filling circuit court judicial vacancy

Filling a judicial vacancy that was created upon the death of St. Clair County circuit judge Robert LeChien nearly two months ago remains in limbo as two authorities maintain different positions on how the process works for filling it.

Duebbert survives motorcycle crash with minor injuries; Calls it 'divine intervention'

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert said he escaped more serious injury riding on his full size cruising motorcycle earlier this week because "God was my passenger who clearly wanted me to go back to work."

If the inmates are running the asylum, you might live in St. Clair County

There's never a dull moment in St. Clair County, what with judges and other public servants always finding new ways to entertain us with their disturbing antics.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.

Chrysler attaches deposition of UConnect lead plaintiff to summary judgment motion

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville lawyer Brian Flynn swore as lead plaintiff against Chrysler that he suffered damages from a dangerous defect in his Jeep, yet testified that he kept driving it and took parents, girlfriend, and others along without warning them.

Special prosecutor sought again to investigate an elected St. Clair County judge

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving an unnamed circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Voters in 20th Judicial Circuit will be deciding six seats in 2018

In an era of big turnover expected in state government, voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will also have ample decisions to make next year with three open seat races and likely three retention questions.

Goldenhersh will not seek another term at Fifth District in '18

Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Richard Goldenhersh will not seek another 10-year term when his current one expires at the end of next year.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge LeChien has died

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert P. LeChien, 65, has died, according to courthouse officials.