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Special prosecutor in charge of Belleville murder investigation handled Lakin and other politically-sensitive cases

The Madison County Record Sep. 18, 2017, 3:00pm

SPRINGFIELD – Special prosecutor Charles Colburn of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office is the new leader of an investigation into the murder of Carl Silas in Belleville last December.

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.

Proposed class action against guardrail maker Trinity Industries shutting down

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 4:10pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates have abandoned a mammoth suit seeking replacement of highway guardrails statewide.

St. Clair County seeks class certification in Trinity guard rail litigation

The Madison County Record Aug. 14, 2017, 5:47pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates, who claim a Texas firm must remove bad guardrails from roads statewide, expect local crews to distinguish good ones from bad ones.

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

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 12:31pm

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

The Madison County Record Jul. 26, 2017, 9:05am

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

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

The Madison County Record Jun. 27, 2017, 6:35pm

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

The Madison County Record Jun. 27, 2017, 2:32pm

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.

Herndon denies review of order dismissing fraud claims against guardrail maker Trinity Industries

The Madison County Record May 10, 2017, 10:46am

EAST ST. LOUIS – On behalf of St. Clair County taxpayers, class action lawyer David Cates may have insulted U.S. District Judge David Herndon and gained nothing from it.

Van Hoose claims special prosecutor withheld key evidence that might have cleared him

The Madison County Record May 9, 2017, 5:56pm

SPRINGFIELD – Brad Van Hoose of Belleville claims that special prosecutor David Rands withheld a Federal Bureau of Investigation report that could have prevented his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of assault.

Contingency fees in opioid litigation raises question: Are suits warranted or to enrich private lawyers?

The Madison County Record Apr. 26, 2017, 6:55am

CONCORD, N.H. – In an addiction suit like the one St. Clair County filed against Purdue Pharma, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire must decide whether that state can retain private lawyers on a contingency fee basis.

WalletHub says Illinois has highest state and local tax burden; Voters seem to be feeling pinch

Melissa Busch Apr. 11, 2017, 4:30pm

Illinois has the highest state and local tax burden in the country, according to a recent report by a personal finance website.

Washington Park mayoral candidate claims a deceased man and federal prison inmate have voted absentee

Ann Maher Mar. 24, 2017, 4:55pm

Even though the upcoming consolidated election is 11 days off, Washington Park candidate for mayor Terrilyn Gossett believes that the race has already been decided.

Special prosecutors have been picked to lead Duebbert investigation

Ann Maher Feb. 6, 2017, 10:40am

Prosecutors from outside the Metro East have been picked to lead an investigation of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert to decide whether he should be charged with obstruction of justice related to a first degree murder case.

Tradition of county jail inmate voting continues in St. Clair County; But officials say votes of convicted felons in prison are not counted

Ann Maher Oct. 18, 2016, 4:03pm

Will votes of convicted felons who requested ballots from the confines of the St. Clair County jail be counted on Nov. 8?

Path to justice for teen who spent 9 months in prison after coerced confession ends with $900K settlement from county

The Madison County Record Oct. 14, 2015, 8:42am

BENTON – After St. Clair County state’s attorney Brendan Kelly threw out the confession of teenager Trevon Yates and released him from a jail where he had spent nine months, Kelly’s office in civil court proceedings denied that the county damaged Yates. Yates recently gained a $900,000 settlement from the county in federal court at Benton, on his claim that deputies coerced his confession to armed robbery.

911, What's your emergency? St. Clair County ETSB may default on bond payments

The Madison County Record Sep. 29, 2015, 6:56am

Gov. Bruce Rauner has improperly withheld funds from “911” emergency telephone boards, St. Clair County alleges in its own circuit court. The county sued state officials on Sept. 21, for an injunction requiring distribution of funds to its Emergency Telephone System Board.