Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

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.

Kolker campaign cautions residents on social media scam

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker wants Metro-East residents to be aware of a new scam that is being perpetrated on social media.

Ruocco: A candidate's gender should be irrelevant in political discourse

By The Madison County Record | Jan 31, 2018

When one candidate believes another is behaving inappropriately, that candidate should be able and encouraged to call out and discourage such behavior. The respective genders of the candidates involved should be irrelevant.

Defense attorney makes deputy swear all discovery has been disclosed in Silas murder investigation; Trial set July 23

By Record News | Jan 31, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida has set trial for murder suspect David Fields to start on July 23.

Associate Judge Kelley to retire March 1; Applications sought for that vacancy but not LeChien's

By Ann Maher | Jan 30, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley, 66, will retire March 1, approximately a year before his current four-year term expires.

Women candidates need to be perceived as 'not weak'

By The Madison County Record | Jan 26, 2018

Katherine Ruocco thinks someone is bullying her when she is caught stealing a slogan and social media posts. I would expect more from someone like her who wants to be a judge, especially as a woman.

Ruocco: Bully on the bench

By The Madison County Record | Jan 21, 2018

Judge Kolker’s unreasonable behavior creates a chilling effect that discourages the legitimate exercise of one’s legal right to speak. We don’t need bullies on the bench.

Kolker campaign: 'facts are stubborn things'

By The Madison County Record | Jan 19, 2018

I read with interest Ms. Ruocco's recent letter that she did not knowingly take Kolker for Judge's campaign slogan and social media posts. She also claimed she did not use the Kolker for Judge slogan of "Raising the Bar."

Kolker campaign accuses Republican candidate for judge of stealing campaign slogan; Ruocco denies any wrongdoing

By Angela Underwood | Jan 17, 2018

The campaign committee for St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker last week called on candidate for judge Katherine Ruocco to "acknowledge stealing social media posts and campaign slogans."

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