Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Local circuit court judge attends swearing-in of St. Eve to federal appeals bench

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

Belleville native Amy St. Eve was officially sworn in last month as a new judge on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Let’s put an end to identity politics

By The Madison County Record | Oct 17, 2018

Our world seems to have gone mad. Reason has been rejected and emotions rule. Thanks to identity politics, civil discourse is nearly impossible.

Gleeson, Cruse and Emge respond to ICJL questionnaire on range of topics

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties - will be asked in next month's election whether circuit judges Andrew Gleeson (chief judge), Zina Cruse (at large judge) and Daniel Emge (Washington County resident judge) should be retained - yes or no.

Smearing Republicans, a St. Clair County Democrat tradition

By The Madison County Record | Oct 10, 2018

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only candidate for a judgeship to have his reputation smeared by his political opponents.

Cason wants record set straight on custody ruling; Says it was another judge who released child into dangerous home

By Record News | Oct 8, 2018

Republican judicial candidate Laninya Cason says she has been falsely accused of taking actions on the bench that led to the death of a child, and she faults her opponent for advancing his campaign by posting an article on social media that allegedly places her in a false light.

Fifth District reverses, remands Brooklyn murder case to determine if evidentiary hearing is needed

By Record News | Oct 6, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Former Twentieth Circuit chief judge John Baricevic should have taken seriously a prisoner’s claim of ineffective assistance at trial, Fifth District appellate judges decided on Sept. 26.

Fifth District affirms Kolker in divorce proceeding with third party foreclosure action

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 5, 2018

The Fifth District Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the St. Clair County Circuit Court’s decision that denied third-party respondent Wells Fargo Financial Illinois, Inc.’s petition for relief from a void judgment in a divorce case.

Supreme Court denies leave to appeal decision raising doubts on $10 million Monsanto settlement

By Record News | Oct 1, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied leave to appeal an order questioning a $10 million settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Candidate code of conduct requires signers to repudiate ‘vote early, vote often’ remarks

By Record News | Sep 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Judicial candidates Chris Kolker and Heinz Rudolf signed pledges to repudiate tactics of others that they themselves would not use or condone, though neither have responded to a request for comment regarding steamfitter business manager Totsy Bailey remarks made at a Democratic rally in Caseyville on Sept. 17.

Belleville man claiming he was falsely accused and prosecuted, sues in federal court

By Record News | Sep 25, 2018

Brad Van Hoose of Belleville has filed suit against a group of detractors he claims participated in a scheme of false accusations that cost him legal expenses as well as the ability to have a relationship with his ill and elderly father.

Labor leader at Caseyville rally: 'Vote often, vote early...whatever you can get away with'

By Ann Maher | Sep 18, 2018

An O'Fallon attorney who's been involved in voter integrity initiatives as a volunteer for six years and who's also running for circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit said he is "very disturbed" by a video circulating on social media of a local labor leader encouraging people to "vote early and often," as in "East St. Louis."

Attorney for murder suspect argues State intentionally caused mistrial; Haida denies motion to dismiss Fields case

By Ann Maher | Sep 15, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida denied a motion to drop the State's case against David E. Fields, who is alleged to have killed Carl Silas at his Belleville apartment on Dec. 30, 2016.

Police chief calls move to destroy Zastava improper while investigation is open

By Record News | Sep 11, 2018

O’FALLON – Whoever sought a court order to destroy a high capacity Zastava rifle did so without contacting the arresting agency to see if an investigation was still open or if the weapon had any evidentiary value, according to O'Fallon police chief Eric Van Hook.

Somebody’s crazy and it’s not me

By The Madison County Record | Sep 6, 2018

If you’ve ever been in a situation where someone was saying or doing something that made no sense to you at all, and the only reasonable conclusion seemed to be that one of you was somehow impaired, then you know what a creepy feeling it is to wonder if you’re the one who’s lost your grip.

Stiehl restores elderly woman’s desire to live independently, dissolving guardianship move by daughter

By Record News | Sep 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Newly appointed St. Clair County Circuit Judge William Stiehl ruled that Margaret Ashmann, 85, whose daughter won approval from two previous judges to act as her guardian, should return to her home in Fairview Heights and run her own life.

Stiehl steps up to fill spot in short handed circuit, looking forward to three month stint

By John Breslin | Aug 22, 2018

When Belleville attorney William Stiehl Jr. received "the call" in mid-July, he hesitated, but only for a short time.

Recent St. Clair County jury verdict result in mixed verdicts: tiny, big, and mistrial

By Record News | Aug 16, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County jurors in recent civil trials rendered a big verdict for one plaintiff, tiny verdicts for two, and no verdict at all for one.

Judge denies elderly woman’s move to thwart daughter’s control of assets

By Record News | Aug 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Margaret Ashmann, 85, whose children claim she isn’t competent enough to be independent, understood a decision of a probate judge well enough to weep.

Judge Gleeson masters social media

By The Madison County Record | Aug 14, 2018

“Great addition to the bench. Welcome soon-to-be Judge Stiehl!”

Watson and County must defend sexual assault suit; Deputy allegedly twice victimized woman in her home

By Record News | Aug 13, 2018

BENTON – Sheriff Rick Watson and St. Clair County must defend claims that their failures caused deputy Robert Sneed to sexually assault a woman in her home twice, U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle ruled on Aug. 10.

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