Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Elections board rules for Hilmes in ballot challenge brought by GOP rival Ruocco

By Ann Maher | Jan 12, 2018

The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican candidate for St. Clair County circuit judge "B. Marshall Hilmes" will be allowed to remain on the ballot at the March 20 primary election.

Kolker affirmed in cases paving the way for class actions; One plaintiff firm is campaign contributor

By Record News | Jan 9, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges have affirmed two orders of 20th Circuit Associate Judge Christopher Kolker, paving the way for attorneys David Cates and John Driscoll to start class actions.

Trial for murder suspect Fields could take place this spring

By Ann Maher | Jan 3, 2018

Trial for suspect David Fields, accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas, could take place this spring.

Kolker sides with state labor in vacating Rauner's nullification of 'fair share'

By Ann Maher | Jan 2, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker has ruled that Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order prohibiting the collection of union dues from non-union state workers violates collective bargaining agreements.

Is your firm selling a commodity?

By Jim Grandone | Dec 28, 2017

What differentiates your services from another firm? If a prospective client wants you to do a basic legal transaction, are you really different from the other firms in town? Or, if that person is looking to, let’s say, incorporate a business, is he or she going to choose you because your firm has a higher profile than the next? But are your services fundamentally different from the next guy’s, really? Probably not much.

Judge Kolker donates to charities at Christmas

By Ann Maher | Dec 28, 2017

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker announced that a family tradition of donating money to charities rather than exchanging gifts continued this year.

Felonious mayors, a tradition in Alorton

By The Madison County Record | Dec 20, 2017

If it's true that American voters get the government they deserve, then the roughly two thousand residents of Alorton in St. Clair County must be truly deplorable. Or, they're extremely tolerant and forgiving.

New felony misconduct charge sidelines vote-buying trial set to begin today against Alorton mayor

By Record News | Dec 19, 2017

BELLEVILLE – When state police charged Alorton mayor Jo Ann Reed with felony misconduct last week, she lost a trial date on a prior charge and may lose her lawyers.

Paul Evans would be big improvement over Vincent Lopinot

By The Madison County Record | Dec 13, 2017

Four years ago, in the course of a single year, Katherine O’Malley, daughter of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, was charged with felony drug possession, shoplifting, and 14 traffic violations, but fined only $1,000 after pleading guilty to shoplifting, improper lane usage, and a seatbelt violation.

Hearing for suspect in Silas murder postponed again

By Record News | Dec 12, 2017

BELLEVILLE – On the date of a hearing for murder suspect David Fields, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida canceled the hearing.

Evans says candidacy prompted by need for change in courthouse status quo

By Ann Maher | Dec 8, 2017

An O’Fallon attorney running for a circuit court vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit said in an announcement of his candidacy that he will be “an independent voice focused solely on the cases, ruling only on the law and facts.”

Judicial vacancies in St. Clair and Madison counties filled in with candidates

By Ann Maher | Dec 6, 2017

With the candidate filing period for the spring primary having closed on Monday, results indicate that the entire slate of circuit court vacancies in Madison and St. Clair counties will see contests in the November general election.

Duebbert enters not guilty plea before visiting judge in St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 1, 2017

BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert pleaded not guilty of sexual abuse and other charges earlier today.

Many in Southern Illinois justice system are involved in Duebbert-related legal actions

By Record News | Nov 21, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Seeking justice for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert means seeking it all over Southern Illinois.

Judge from Fourth Circuit will preside over state's case against Duebbert

By Ann Maher | Nov 14, 2017

A judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit will preside in the state's case against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier on Nov. 7.

Felony charges brought against Duebbert over alleged sexual abuse of former client

By Record News | Nov 6, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.

Former candidate for State Senate also seeking GOP nomination for Fiss seat

By Ann Maher | Nov 3, 2017

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea is seeking the Republican nomination for a judicial vacancy being created by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring next year.

More farmers join St. Clair County paraquat class action

By Record News | Oct 30, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Three farmers more than 80 years old have joined a St. Clair County suit claiming weed killer paraquat caused them to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Woman alleges former Mt. Vernon police officer sexually assaulted her; Lawsuit filed by Marissa attorney seeking candidacy for circuit court

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 27, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – A woman is suing the City of Mt. Vernon and a former police officer after the officer allegedly abused his authority and sexually assaulted her while on duty.

Former client of Duebbert claims sexual battery in petition seeking to withdraw guilty plea

By Record News | Oct 24, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, who swore while on probation for fleeing police that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert sexually battered him when in private practice, had signed a different affidavit 12 days earlier.

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