Madison County Board News

It’s time to launch a taxpayer revolt in Illinois

By The Madison County Record | Oct 24, 2018

Career politicians like to talk about “sustainability,” which is really just a pretext for government officials interfering in the affairs of average citizens and presuming to tell us how to live our daily lives: what kind of cars we should drive, how high or low we should set the thermostats in our homes, whether we should barbecue in our own backyards or not, and on and on. It seems like nothing we do is too insignificant for them to criticize, tax, and regulate.

Madison County yet to make up mind over whether to join growing number of opioid suits

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

As counties, municipalities, Native American tribes, now even the White House, pile on with lawsuits filed against the producers of opioids, Madison County continues to debate whether to get involved.

Vote 'Yes' to make Madison County a Second Amendment sanctuary county

By The Madison County Record | Jul 17, 2018

Americans are not weak, you are not weak, but if we allow weak political leaders to make decisions for us, we are complicit in where we are being led...where our children are being led.

State legislature passes bill that reshapes Republican-controlled board in Metro-East

By Ann Maher | Jun 5, 2018

Democrat lawmakers pushed a bill through Springfield last week that will reshape a local government board under Republican control.

Madison County board approves $14M for jail renovation project despite chairman's opposition

By John Sammon | May 30, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County's jail renovation project moved forward May 16 with the approval of a $14 million upgrade by the county board despite the opposition of its chairman and county administrator.

Herndon denies Madison County officials’ move to dismiss Lavite’s First Amendment lawsuit

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Madison County must defend retaliation claims of Veteran Assistance Superintendent Bradley Lavite, U.S. District Judge David Herndon decided on March 29.

Incumbent county board member Dalton defeats challenger in Dem primary battle

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

Madison County Board member Liz Dalton has defeated challenger Alexis Hitt for the Democrat nomination to a County Board seat covering Collinsville in District 28.

Staples and politics in Madison County: Ballot access survivor will be tested in primary

By Ann Maher | Mar 16, 2018

Election laws sometimes can produce unfair results even when all that a civic minded citizen wants to do is fulfill a noble purpose - public service. A lawyer familiar with ballot access case law sees it this way: "They are the rules that we all live with, and the rules are the rules."

White House to nominate Brad Maxwell as U.S. Marshal; Shares vision of 'Making America Safe Again'

By Ann Maher | Mar 6, 2018

WASHINGTON - Brad Maxwell, 46, of Edwardsville will be nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, according to a White House press release issued today.

Battle for Metro-East House seat between Meier and Moore intensifies

By Ann Maher | Feb 20, 2018

When an incumbent state rep candidate claims opposition forces want him dead and the opposition candidate accuses the incumbent's team of hiring a private investigator to follow his wife around town, it might just be a Tier One race.

Prenzler says he met with task force investigator voluntarily: Two new cases of corruption brought forth

By Ann Maher | Feb 6, 2018

Madison County Board chairman Kurt Prenzler said he met voluntarily on Friday with a member of a county public corruption task force which nearly four weeks ago raided offices of administration officials.

Testimony on destruction of Madison County data continues in Lavite’s case against former administration

By Record News | Jan 23, 2018

BENTON – After hours of argument and testimony at two hearings about destruction of data in Madison County government, U.S. Magistrate Reona Daly hasn’t begun to solve the mystery.

Prenzler will not release Poshard reports due to attorney objections

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 20, 2017

Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler last week said he would not yet release the two outside investigation reports involving sexual harassment claims after the attorneys involved objected to the documents’ release.

Madison County board committee approves bipartisan budget

By John Breslin | Nov 6, 2017

Creating a balanced budget and a reduced property tax levy in Madison County -- and passing it in committee -- was difficult, but both sides of the political divide made concessions, according to the chairman of the county board.

Prenzler seeking candidates for new department heads

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 31, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County Board is looking to immediately fill two key positions, including director of administrative services, where the department head will be entrusted with overseeing a $5 million budget.

Tightening of 'part-timers' pension eligibility seen as positive by taxpayers' advocate, but only 'tinkers' with big problem

By Shanice Harris | Feb 2, 2017

A taxpayers' advocate sees a recent decision that increases the minimum number of hours that Madison County employees must work in order to be eligible for pension benefits as a positive move, but one that only "tinkers" with a more profound problem.

Madison County school boards may seek sales tax increase for construction costs

By Chandra Lye | Jan 17, 2017

Madison County school boards could move forward with a sales tax referendum that would go toward construction costs.

County Chairman-elect quashes rumors that he plans to cut jobs

By Taryn Phaneuf | Nov 17, 2016

For newly elected officials, the week since the Nov. 8 election passed quickly from relishing success and recovering from a long campaign season to buckling down.

Almost nine decades later, the Madison County Board has a new GOP majority

By The Madison County Record | Nov 16, 2016

Not many Americans today can remember when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president, because that was more than 70 years ago and most of us had not yet made our debuts into the world.

County Electoral Board considers candidate's petition to run for County Board

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jul 25, 2016

An Independent candidate looking to get on the ballot in the Madison County Board District 2 race faces objections that may keep him from running.

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