Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

'Every nation gets the government it deserves'

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2016

That famous phrase originated with French lawyer Joseph de Maistre, a noted opponent of the French Revolution and the lawlessness it unleashed.

Drug induced homicides of two women at Fairview Heights drug house eventually led investigators to courthouse

By Record News | Nov 1, 2016

Democratic judicial candidates succeeded grandly on Election Day in 2012, but two dead women would come back to haunt their courthouse.  

Drug testing, public confidence and retention question remain issues in judicial races in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Nov 1, 2016

More than three years since the exposure of illegal drug use by St. Clair County judges and a probation officer, the high profile scandal remains a prominent issue in the election of local judges this year.

St. Clair County board candidate wants criminal records expunged in Baricevic's court

By Record News | Oct 21, 2016

St. Clair County Board candidate James Haywood, Jr. of Cahokia has moved to expunge records of a felony charge that he violated an absentee ballot and lesser charges that he drove under the influence, resisted arrest, shoved an officer, and committed battery and criminal trespass.

Baricevic reversed in prisoner’s claim of perjured testimony

By Record News | Oct 19, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges granted a hearing in St. Clair County circuit court for prisoner Jarvis Boose, who claims East St. Louis detective Rick Perry perjured himself twice before Chief Judge John Baricevic.  

Randolph County resident judge seeking retention; Brown says nothing wrong with others opting for election

By Ann Maher | Oct 14, 2016

Not all elected judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit with terms ending this December have taken the unusual step of resigning in advance so they could seek election to self-created vacancies in the upcoming election.

Eye witness accounts vary in Caseyville mayor death threat case; Judge: 'Appears to be war of words'

By Record News | Oct 12, 2016

In three accounts of the crime Brad Van Hoose of Belleville allegedly committed, he threatened to kill Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black, or to kill Black and Illinois House candidate Bob Romanik, or to kill everyone.

Mudge seeks retention to second term; Longest-serving judge in state Matoesian also on ballot

By Dawn Geske | Oct 11, 2016

The Madison County Circuit Court will have both Circuit Court Judges William A. Mudge and Andy Matoesian coming up for retention on the November ballot.

Appellate record shows Cook made eight reversible errors leading up to heroin arrest; Two murder suspects also got new trials

By Record News | Oct 4, 2016

Former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook abused the rights of 10 suspects and prisoners in 10 months prior to his arrest on heroin charges.

Fire fraud claim at trial: California Casualty questions displaced family's tanning salon, Rams tickets expenditures

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 3, 2016

California Casualty Insurance and Exchange argues that a Waterloo family filed fraudulent reimbursement requests after the family’s basement was destroyed by a fire in 2009.

Fifth District finds circumstantial evidence was sufficient to secure FELA verdict against Union Pacific; Moore sharply dissents

By Ann Maher | Jan 18, 2016

A railroad worker who was rear-ended by a drunk driver while being transported in a van from a rail yard to a train in 2008 will get another shot at convincing St. Clair County jurors that Union Pacific was negligent for the auto accident.

St. Clair County judges hire election law specialist to defend nomination objections; Kasper has represented Obama, Clinton and Emanuel

By Ann Maher | Dec 15, 2015

A Chicago election law attorney who has represented President Obama and former President Clinton in election litigation will be helping three St. Clair County judges whose nomination papers face challenge at the Illinois State Board of Elections.

I-LAW criticizes judiciary during 'Lawsuit Abuse Awareness' rallies

By Ann Maher | Oct 6, 2015

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Travis Akin leveled a stinging rebuke of the courts in St. Clair and Madison counties today over recent moves made by judges. Akin called the decisions of Twentieth Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien to run for election rather than retention

Campaign finance records for third quarter due next week

By Ann Maher | Oct 5, 2015

Even though the next general election is more than a year away, campaign finance records due next week may provide clues as to how competitive races will be.

Illinois Supreme Court orders Fifth District to review record in protracted case out of St. Clair Co.

By Ann Maher | Sep 29, 2015

Another round of judicial review lies ahead in an asbestos contractor's protracted battle against a state agency involving cleanup of federal grounds. The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Fifth District to review the record on appeal to determine whether a St. Clair County circuit court abused its discretion in denying Lake Environmental's motion for sanctions against the Illinois Department of Public Health.

After losing override battle in Springfield, state workers seek arbitration from Judge LeChien

By The Madison County Record | Sep 25, 2015

State employees who failed to succeed with legislation placing their contract negotiations in the hands of an arbitrator now aim to achieve that objective in St. Clair County. On Sept. 17, they asked Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to maintain the status quo in litigation pending arbitration of the state’s authority to lay off employees.

Trio of judges should not game the system

By The Madison County Record | Sep 1, 2015

There's the letter of the law and there's the spirit of the law.

Perils of running for retention: 60 percent threshold can make sitting judges vulnerable

By Ann Maher | Aug 31, 2015

The campaign to remove Justice Lloyd Karmeier from office in November 2014 was fierce, expensive, and relatively brief, but mostly it proved how vulnerable sitting judges can be when it comes time for voters to renew their contracts. 

Judges outside Metro-East announce candidacies for open seats at Fifth District

By Ann Maher | Aug 27, 2015

With two appellate court seats up for grabs next year at the Fifth District Appellate Court, so far just two candidates outside the Metro-East have announced their intentions to run. Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jo Beth Weber, resident judge in Jefferson County, will be running on the Democratic ticket for the seat that James Wexstten vacated in January 2014.

Judges presiding in St. Clair County not seeking retention

By Ann Maher | Aug 27, 2015

Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien are vacating their seats and will not be running for retention in next year's election. They're not retiring, however. According to a report in the Belleville News Democrat, they plan to run for election instead. Baricevic has not returned a call placed on Wednesday.

The Record Network