Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

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.

Chief public defender blew smoke and ashes in cop’s face during DUI arrest, Caseyville report shows

By Record News | Jan 18, 2019

CASEYVILLE – St. Clair County chief public defender Richard Roustio blew smoke and ashes at an officer checking his condition, according to a report of his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence.

Gleeson allows plaintiffs to withdraw from Monsanto claims; Says 300 other petitioners need to figure out how to do same

By Record News | Jan 15, 2019

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson on Tuesday granted requests of plaintiffs Jacqueline Everson and Tyrha Dooley to withdraw from pollution claims against Monsanto.

Man exonerated after St. Clair Co. sexual abuse conviction says he’s looking to regain dignity

By Record News | Jan 11, 2019

BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly has wiped clean the record of Michael Foxworth of East St. Louis, who served a sentence on a faulty conviction for sexual abuse of his granddaughter.

Cahokia mayor’s team prevails before county electoral board: Holbrook, Kelly, Clay

By Record News | Jan 11, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr. and candidates of the McCall Good Government Party bumped off all but one of their opponents from the ballot at a hearing of St. Clair County’s electoral board on Jan. 10.

Grand Opening: 20th Judicial Circuit Casino!

By The Madison County Record | Jan 8, 2019

Imagine if a courtroom were like a casino and your verdict was determined by a game of chance.

Cahokia ballot challenges to be heard by county electoral board on Jan. 10

By Record News | Jan 7, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson shifted Cahokia ballot disputes from the village electoral board to the St. Clair County electoral board on Dec. 31.

Casino boss selected as associate judge, individual, company generous contributors to Democratic Party

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

The president of an East St. Louis ' riverboat casino has been selected to fill an open position as associate judge on the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Unclear whether Silas murder investigation remains open; Gleeson says JIB outcome will determine Duebbert return

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

Following the acquittal of David Fields, the man accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville, it is unclear whether the investigation into the killing remains open, or if it is case closed.

What happened Goliath?

By The Madison County Record | Dec 12, 2018

Not surprisingly, 12 jurors hearing evidence in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas ruled late Monday night that suspect David Fields was not guilty.

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