City of Belleville News

Woman alleges injuries from collision with garbage truck

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 6, 2018

A city garbage truck hit a St. Clair County resident's vehicle, a lawsuit claims.

Belleville residents picking up huge tab for work comp payouts

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 30, 2018

Illinois industry shoulders the burden of the highest workers’ compensation costs in the region. But what many Illinoisans paying some of the nation’s highest property taxes may not realize is that they’re picking up the tab for those costs, too.

Reagan rejects nationwide uConnect class action, but certifies Illinois, Missouri, Michigan claims

By Record News | Jul 12, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville city attorney Brian Flynn can’t lead a class action for Chrysler owners nationwide but can lead an Illinois class, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan ruled on July 5.

Parties in UConnect case want May trial re-set; Harman challenges attorney Flynn’s standing

By Record News | Apr 4, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Carmaker Chrysler and instrument maker Harman International have filed a joint motion with lawyer Brian Flynn of Belleville to scrub a May 14 trial on Flynn’s claim that hackers can seize control of his Jeep.

Former Belleville alderman believes road repair project 'waste of taxpayer money,' will need to be redone

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 9, 2018

Belleville resident Lillian Schneider fears the worse when it comes to the road surface repair project the city has now embarked on using taxpayer money.

Woman alleges injuries after falling into manhole in Belleville

By Lhalie Castillo | Mar 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges she fell into a manhole while walking at Carlyle Plaza in Belleville.

Local governments challenged by underfunded pension plans; Candidate for governor calls for amending constitution

By Ann Maher | Dec 20, 2017

With Illinois homeowners paying close to the highest property taxes in the country, and its residents shouldering the highest public pension debt relative to income, how local governments deal with the growing problem is a tale of two cities, so to speak.

Wave of tax and fee increases sweeping Illinois

By Brendan Bakala, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 17, 2017

Cities and villages across the state are raising taxes or implementing new ones for a variety of functions, from attracting a fast-food restaurant to catching up on rising pension costs.

Belleville's now permanent 'temporary' sales tax is driving out people and businesses

By The Madison County Record | Oct 3, 2017

The city officials who told the people then that it was just "temporary" knew they were going to keep it. The more they get the more they spend.

City of Belleville alleges property is dangerous to neighborhood

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 25, 2017

BELLEVILLE – The city of Belleville is seeking to demolish a property it alleges is not in compliance with city building codes.

Belleville seeks demolition of Arthur Street property over alleged code violations

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2017

BELLEVILLE – The city of Belleville has filed a suit against a property owner over allegations that a structure on the property is not in compliance with city codes and is dangerous to the neighborhood.

City of Belleville alleges property owner failed to correct or demolish structure

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 20, 2017

BELLEVILLE – The city of Belleville is seeking demolition of a Periwinkle Circle property it alleges is unsafe.

City of Belleville accuses property owner of violating weed and 'dangerous building' ordinances

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 18, 2017

The City of Belleville is suing a property owner, citing alleged breach of duty.

Metro East median property taxes rank in the top 50 highest in Illinois

By Eric Kohn, Illinois Policy Institute | May 16, 2017

High property taxes in the Metro East region are fueling out-migration from the area.

Belleville candidate responds to sitting alderman's 'she knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning' comment

By The Madison County Record | Mar 15, 2017

Note Phil Elmore's social media post: March 8, 2017 (International Women's Day) He writes: "Anybody that votes for Lillian hates Belleville and progress. She knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning, that's it. For Belleville sake I hope this is the last we hear from her lunacy.”  

Most write-in races unsuccessful, St. Clair County Clerk says

By Karen Kidd | Mar 9, 2017

Write-in candidates, including those in April's consolidated elections, have some unusual hurdles to clear in Illinois that make winning their races difficult, St. Clair County Clerk Thomas Holbrook said.

Taxpayers cannot afford the same administration in Belleville

By The Madison County Record | Feb 21, 2017

Taxpayers and voters, please remember to vote on April 4. Our city cannot afford another four years of the current administration. The precious dollars you earn from which the city extracts should not be expended on lending your money to businesses. If businesses want to stay in business, they need to find a way to do so, but not on the backs of us taxpayers.

Cartoonist defends controversial DeVos piece; Would do it again

By Glenn Minnis, Metro East Sun | Feb 17, 2017

The Belleville News-Democrat cartoonist responsible for etching the controversial cartoon comparing civil rights icon Ruby Bridges to newly installed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is defending his creation.

Candidate for Belleville mayor taking on incumbent because he's tired of 'lack of leadership'

By Karen Kidd | Jan 12, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Belleville City Clerk Dallas B. Cook says he wants to be mayor because he's sick and tired of Mark Eckert being mayor.

Belleville's city clerk announces bid for circuit clerk seat

By Ann Maher | Oct 9, 2015

St. Clair County's political landscape became more intriguing this week when Belleville City Clerk Dallas Cook announced he will seek the Republication nomination for Circuit Clerk in next year's general election. Cook will likely face incumbent Kahalah Dixon Clay, Democrat, who has served as Circuit Clerk since 2011. Clay was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Brendan Kelly, who moved up that year to become State's Attorney. She ran unopposed in 2012.