Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois News

Baricevic back in St. Clair County courthouse as special representative

By Record News | Feb 21, 2017

Former St. Clair County chief judge John Baricevic has returned to the courthouse representing dead debtors in mortgage foreclosures.

Van Hoose found guilty of misdemeanor in Caseyville mayor death threat case; Kelley: ‘Can’t we all just get along?’

By The Madison County Record | Feb 17, 2017

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley found Brad Van Hoose of Belleville guilty of misdemeanor assault for threatening Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black, after ruling that Van Hoose’s conduct did not constitute a felony.

Special prosecutor's cases have included bargained down charges in St. Clair County

By Record News | Feb 15, 2017

A review of St. Clair County cases handled by special prosecutor David Rands shows that he has bargained charges of driving under the influence down to trivial traffic tickets.

Sprague’s record in St. Clair Co. ballot battles shows three straight wins

By Record News | Feb 7, 2017

St. Clair County Democrat party chairman Robert Sprague has won three straight ballot battles as counsel for candidates at the courthouse.  

Special prosecutors often get tapped to handle politically sensitive matters

By Record News | Feb 7, 2017

A constant critic of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black will stand trial for threatening a public official beginning Friday, Feb. 17 before St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley.

Washington Park mayor claims removal from electoral board motivated by desire to control April election

By Record News | Jan 31, 2017

Washington Park Mayor Ann Rodgers claims St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida and county Democrat chairman Robert Sprague kicked her off the village’s electoral board in order to control the April 4 election.

Duebbert search warrants moved quickly to public record in St. Clair County

By Record News | Jan 24, 2017

Among 39 St. Clair County search warrants that changed from confidential to public record between Dec. 20 and Jan. 17, two that pertained to Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert changed the quickest. And on the day a court clerk stamped those two as open records on Jan. 12, the contents of Duebbert’s warrants were the subject of a local news article at 5:25 p.m.

Parolee who lived with Duebbert is charged with first degree murder

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2017

David E. Fields, 20, was charged on Tuesday with the first degree murder of Carl Z. Silas, 28, which occurred at a Belleville apartment on Dec. 30.

LeChien substitution rate persists in St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 21, 2016

St. Clair County voters approved circuit judge Robert LeChien in November, but litigants continue seeking to replace him. 

New chief judge, same dubious behavior

By The Madison County Record | Dec 21, 2016

St. Clair County Court has a new chief judge: Andrew Gleeson has replaced John Baricevic.

Former Prenda attorneys who litigated porn hacking suits in St. Clair County indicted in Minnesota

By Record News | Dec 21, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, who face criminal charges that they fooled judges into helping them extort $6 million from pornography watchers, found favor in the court of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson.  

Questions of judicial ethics woven into history of St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 14, 2016

Following his defeat of incumbent Democrat chief judge John Baricevic last month, newly elected Republican Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert is off to a rough start.

Rauner seeks relief from LeChien’s pro-AFSCME decision at Fifth District

By Record News | Dec 14, 2016

On Dec. 7, Gov. Bruce Rauner petitioned the Fifth District appellate court for interlocutory review of LeChien’s jurisdiction over labor negotiations. Rauner counsel Thomas Bradley wrote, “There is no provision in the Labor Act that gives the circuit courts general jurisdiction over public sector labor disputes.”  

Gleeson picked to serve as chief judge in Twentieth Judicial Circuit

By Dawn Geske | Dec 6, 2016

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson was elected chief judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit last week, succeeding the outgoing Circuit Judge John Baricevic.

Defendant convicted of concealing homicide will get new trial in St. Clair County

By Record News | Dec 6, 2016

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Associate Judge Zina Cruse should have told jurors that a person in the process of aiding and abetting a crime can withdraw from the crime, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 28.  

Duebbert sworn into office by McGlynn; No other judges attend ceremony

By Ann Maher | Dec 5, 2016

Ronald Duebbert was sworn in as circuit judge Monday afternoon by fellow circuit judge Stephen McGlynn.

Baricevic hopes to 'contribute to community' following election loss

By Dawn Geske | Nov 21, 2016

“I lost,” Baricevic told the Record. “I’ve had a great career. I’ve earned the respect of my peers. I’ve earned the respect of citizens. I’ve had a good career.”

Duebbert tops chief Judge Baricevic in Twentieth Judicial Circuit race

By Ann Maher | Nov 9, 2016

Republican Ron Duebbert has been elected circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, defeating Democrat incumbent, Chief Judge John Baricevic.

Mother of drug death victim 'begged' court for help with daughter's heroin addiction

By Ann Maher | Nov 2, 2016

Chris Keel of State Park continues to mourn the loss of her 20-year-old daughter Jennifer Herling more than four years ago in September 2012.

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