Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Kolker reversed in Millstadt homeowners association dispute

By Record News | Apr 18, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges reversed St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker for ruling that a homeowners association can’t charge dues and assessments because it doesn’t exist.

Democrat judicial candidates raise more than $200K in first quarter

By Record News | Apr 17, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Campaign treasuries of four judicial candidates on the Democratic ticket held more than $200,000 as of April 1, their quarterly statements show.

Judge in Duebbert case allows testimony from alleged victim 18 years ago, and predicts guilt

By Record News | Apr 16, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney, after predicting that jurors would convict Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert of sexual abuse if he allowed testimony from an alleged victim 18 years ago, decided to allow the testimony.

Med mal case dismissed by plaintiffs comes back with new judge

By The Madison County Record | Apr 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Clients of Joseph Bartholomew changed their minds about dismissing a medical malpractice suit, and in the process they apparently changed the judge presiding over it.

Fifth District judges vacate guilty plea in ’13 Washington Park armed robbery

By Record News | Apr 11, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges cut short a sentence of 18 years by vacating a guilty plea to armed robbery that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida accepted in 2014.

Insurer wants court to declare it doesn't owe uninsured or under-insured coverage to Duebbert in motorcycle crash

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Progressive Northern Insurance Co. is seeking a declaration that a policy carried by Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert does not provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for a motorcycle accident he was involved in last year in Florida.

Trial date in Duebbert case moves up from June 23 to May 7

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney quietly accelerated the felony trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, moving it up from June 23 to May 7.

If it claims to be natural, sue it-that’s the natural way in St. Clair County

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2018

What could be more natural – at least, in St. Clair County – than a flurry of class action lawsuits claiming that some “all natural” products are not as “natural” as advertised, that consumers of said products have been cheated, and that they and their attorneys deserve to be compensated for the alleged fraud?

Voter turnout in judicial circuits ranges from 16-31 percent; Democrats have stronger showing in Madison, St. Clair

By Ann Maher | Mar 21, 2018

Voter turnout in counties of the Third and Twentieth Judicial Circuits ranged from a low of approximately 16 percent in Monroe to a high of 31 percent in Washington.

Ruocco wins Republican nomination for circuit court vacancy

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has won the Republican nomination for a circuit wide vacancy at the Twentieth Judicial Circuit over Marissa attorney Marshall Hilmes by a margin of 61 to 39 percent.

Ruocco: 'Not afraid to stand up for what is right, challenge status quo'

By Ann Maher | Mar 14, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has a recommendation for voters who want change in the St. Clair County judiciary, a court system she says is "fraught with scandals" - vote for someone who is not part of the "establishment."

Former congressman Enyart stood in for son at hearing for Duebbert accuser

By Record News | Mar 13, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Former Congressman Bill Enyart represented Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, accuser of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, in proceedings that reduced a felony charge against Rodriguez to a misdemeanor with no punishment.

ICJL rates judicial candidates ahead of primary; Newly minted Irishman only one in state 'not recommended'

By Ann Maher | Mar 12, 2018

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) has evaluated judicial candidates running across the state in next week's primary, and for the local ones who participated in the tort reform group's survey, all received ratings of "recommended" or better.

Duebbert accuser who agreed to 'intensive' drug treatment in initial felony guilty plea, bargains down to misdemeanor, no punishment

By Record News | Mar 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Carlos A. Rodriguez of Belleville, who swears Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert committed a felony against him, bargained down his own felony charge to a misdemeanor with no punishment.

Hilmes: 'People of 20th Circuit deserve judges who will be fair, impartial'

By Ann Maher | Mar 6, 2018

Running as a Republican in the March 20 primary, candidate for circuit judge Marshall Hilmes said he would like to see changes take place in the Twentieth Judicial court system.

ISBA judicial poll results are in: GOP candidate rated in single digit is among lowest statewide in nearly 20 years

By Ann Maher | Feb 28, 2018

Democrat candidates seeking election to circuit court seats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit have received high marks in the Illinois State Bar Association judicial advisory poll released this week.

Closing 'the sneaky judge loophole'

By The Madison County Record | Feb 27, 2018

You have to spell things out for some people. It doesn't matter whether they really are dumb or just pretending not to understand what would be perfectly clear to any person of average intelligence. You have to play along with them, coddle them, and keep “clarifying” the plain sense of things until there's not a single bit of wiggle room left.

Witness in case against St. Clair County judge came forth with video during end of '16 election cycle

By Record News | Feb 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A special prosecutor pursuing sexual abuse charges against a St. Clair County judge will call a witness who produced a video 10 days before the 2016 election claiming he was sexually battered 17 years earlier by then attorney Ron Duebbert.

Rare GOP primary contest for St. Clair County judgeship goes negative

By Ann Maher | Feb 13, 2018

Republican voters in St. Clair County will see something unusual on the ballot March 20 – two candidates vying for the same judgeship.

Fifth District affirms Rudolf in foreclosure proceeding

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed St. Clair County Associate Judge Heinz Rudolf in a foreclosure proceeding where a losing bidder who claimed to have been the highest bidder was not allowed to intervene in the case to object to the sale going to the second highest bidder.

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