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

The Madison County Record Nov. 21, 2017, 7:20am

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

Supreme Court justice: Bias study results 'provide critical insights'

Dee Thompson Nov. 8, 2017, 1:38pm

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced Nov. 6 that the Supreme Court Committee on Equality has concluded a study examining how factors like poverty, gender, race and legal representation affect outcomes in civil and family law cases.

Overstreet announces bid for permanent seat at Fifth District

Ann Maher Oct. 30, 2017, 1:46pm

Justice David Overstreet of Mt. Vernon will seek election to the Fifth District Appellate Court for the seat being vacated next year by Justice Richard Goldenhersh, who is retiring.

Hylla named Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 26, 2017, 5:41pm

Madison County Chief Judge David Hylla has been selected as the new Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges.

'The way due process is supposed to work': Ill. Supreme Court decision reshapes state's legal landscape

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Oct. 24, 2017, 6:57am

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.

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

Ann Maher Oct. 11, 2017, 8:34am

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.

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

Ann Maher Oct. 4, 2017, 2:08pm

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.

Former LaSalle Co. state's attorney under indictment landed job as special prosecutor after voters ousted him

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2017, 9:28am

SPRINGFIELD – When the people of LaSalle County fired state’s attorney Brian Towne for actions worthy of indictment in the last general election, the people of Illinois hired him.

Deposition transcript: Karmeier testifies he had no knowledge of State Farm support in ’04 election

The Madison County Record Aug. 25, 2017, 9:17am

EAST ST. LOUIS – State Farm, defending a claim that it corrupted the Illinois Supreme Court by securing the election of Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004, has filed two bits of a deposition swearing he knew nothing of support from State Farm.

Fifth District finds man was not prejudiced by counsel in armed robbery case

Glenn Minnis Aug. 16, 2017, 8:01am

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that former Judge John Baricevic did not err in dismissing a postconviction petition of a defendant who disputed the validity of his waiver of counsel.

Appeal granted to Ricki Jones in tax dispute with former wife reversed at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 1:39pm

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County Associate Judge Martin Mengarelli improperly granted former embezzler Ricki Jones an appeal in a tax dispute with former wife Dorothy Boos, Fifth District judges decided on Aug. 11.

State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 7:46am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

Plaintiffs in $10 billion RICO case against State Farm respond to move for summary judgment

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2017, 6:20am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs suing State Farm for $10 billion couldn’t ask Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier about his deliberations in a deposition, but they claim they can prove State Farm corrupted his deliberations anyway.

Supreme Court puts hold on Cook Co. judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2017, 3:44pm

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

Marc Parker announces circuit judge campaign for Barberis vacancy in Madison County

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 2, 2017, 2:32pm

Collinsville attorney Marc Parker of Parker Law PC announced Wednesday that he is running for the open Madison County circuit judge seat created by Judge John Barberis’ election to the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Judges appointed to Illinois State Bar Association committees

Sara McCleary Jul. 31, 2017, 6:08pm

SPRINGFIELD – More than 75 of Illinois’ 33,000 judges have been appointed to a number of Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) committees and councils.

Karmeier deposition key factor in State Farm's summary judgment move in multi-billion RICO case

The Madison County Record Jul. 18, 2017, 9:53pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier swore he knew nothing of campaign contributions from State Farm in 2004, according to a motion the insurer filed against a $10 billion racketeering claim on July 17.

Illinois Supreme Court says State's Attorneys cannot make traffic stops absent police investigations; Concludes SAFE units are unauthorized

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jul. 3, 2017, 2:33pm

The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the Third District Appellate Court’s decision that the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Felony Enforcement (SAFE) unit does not have the authority to conduct traffic stops and make arrests as part of its independent drug investigations. 

State Supreme Court expands continuing education credits for judging student simulation training

Melissa Busch Jun. 19, 2017, 8:25am

To better prepare law students to practice in the 21st century, the Illinois Supreme Court recently adopted changes to the minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) rules that emphasize the increasing importance of simulation training for educating law students.

John Scanlon selected president of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

David Hutton Jun. 12, 2017, 5:12pm

CHICAGO – Veteran attorney John P. Scanlon was selected to lead the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association as the 64th president after being officially installed during the group’s annual convention at the Westin Hotel.