Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Authorities differ on process for filling circuit court judicial vacancy

By Ann Maher | Oct 23, 2017

Filling a judicial vacancy that was created upon the death of St. Clair County circuit judge Robert LeChien nearly two months ago remains in limbo as two authorities maintain different positions on how the process works for filling it.

Duebbert survives motorcycle crash with minor injuries; Calls it 'divine intervention'

By Ann Maher | Oct 18, 2017

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert said he escaped more serious injury riding on his full size cruising motorcycle earlier this week because "God was my passenger who clearly wanted me to go back to work."

If the inmates are running the asylum, you might live in St. Clair County

By The Madison County Record | Oct 11, 2017

There's never a dull moment in St. Clair County, what with judges and other public servants always finding new ways to entertain us with their disturbing antics.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

By Ann Maher | Oct 11, 2017

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.

Chrysler attaches deposition of UConnect lead plaintiff to summary judgment motion

By Record News | Oct 10, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville lawyer Brian Flynn swore as lead plaintiff against Chrysler that he suffered damages from a dangerous defect in his Jeep, yet testified that he kept driving it and took parents, girlfriend, and others along without warning them.

Special prosecutor sought again to investigate an elected St. Clair County judge

By Ann Maher | Oct 7, 2017

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving an unnamed circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

Voters in 20th Judicial Circuit will be deciding six seats in 2018

By Ann Maher | Oct 4, 2017

In an era of big turnover expected in state government, voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will also have ample decisions to make next year with three open seat races and likely three retention questions.

Goldenhersh will not seek another term at Fifth District in '18

By Ann Maher | Sep 20, 2017

Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Richard Goldenhersh will not seek another 10-year term when his current one expires at the end of next year.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge LeChien has died

By Ann Maher | Aug 31, 2017

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert P. LeChien, 65, has died, according to courthouse officials.

Witnesses shift blame in statements following Dec. 30 murder in Belleville

By Record News | Aug 1, 2017

Witnesses to the murder of Carl Silas, who at first accused David Fields of shooting him, shifted the blame to a stranger four hours later, according to reports of St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies.

Fields murder case continued to September; Victim’s mother: witness statements don’t make sense

By Record News | Jul 26, 2017

Seven months after the arrest of murder suspect David Fields, court proceedings still haven’t started.

LeChien denies injunction that would have forced payment to social services providers

By Record News | Jul 21, 2017

Agencies that provide social services to the state can’t claim the same right of payment as state employees in the absence of appropriations, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien ruled on July 17.

Suspect in felony public corruption case gets vacation pass to the Bahamas

By Record News | Jun 27, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Some felony suspects have to go to jail, but felony suspect Ruth Hamilton Dean gets to go to the Bahamas.

Lawyer who defends St. Clair County in jail suits faces suit over car crash

By Record News | Jun 27, 2017

Attorney Thomas Ysursa, who defends St. Clair County in jail suits and other civil actions, faces a suit claiming his car rammed the rear of another while a mobile device distracted him.

Mother of Belleville murder victim wants justice for son

By Record News | Jun 20, 2017

GREENWOOD, Miss. – Six months after the murder of Carl Silas in Belleville, his mother wants to know who murdered him and why.

Ex-husband's appeal to have properties declared marital property denied

By Kristin Regula | May 25, 2017

MT. VERNON — An appeal stemming from a trial court decision regarding an ex-husband's motion to have two pieces of property owned by his former spouse declared marital property has been denied.

Porn hacking litigator John Steele disbarred

By Ann Maher | May 19, 2017

The state Supreme Court has disbarred porn hacking litigator John Steele, striking his name from the roll of licensed attorneys in Illinois.

Kelley finds client of former chief judge not guilty of corruption; Handled major civil cases under Baricevic tenure

By Record News | May 17, 2017

When St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley cleared Board of Review member Michael Crockett of corruption charges last week, he cleared the client of a former chief judge who greatly increased his judicial power.

Appellate court rules Belleville woman has no standing to act as guardian for granddaughter

By Melissa Busch | May 5, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn erred when he made a Belleville woman the guardian of her 6-year-old granddaughter whose father allegedly has drug and mental health problems.

Judge Kelley denies reconsideration of Van Hoose's misdemeanor assault conviction

By Record News | May 1, 2017

St. Clair County associate judge Randall Kelley has denied reconsideration of his judgment finding Brad Van Hoose of Belleville guilty of misdemeanor assault.

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