Madison County News

Madison County accused of failing to properly maintain elevator

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 15, 2018

An individual is suing Madison County for alleged negligence.

Another judge gets in on the slip-and-fall action

By The Madison County Record | Jun 6, 2018

It used to be people slipping and tripping appeared before judges. Now judges themselves are slipping and tripping.

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.

Campaign funder has filed 36 percent of all major civil cases in St. Clair County

By Record News | May 29, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Randy Gori’s firm in Edwardsville, currently filing asbestos suits in St. Clair County at a rate of one per day, has contributed $11,526.04 to the judicial campaign of Christopher Kolker.

Trial for Matthew Foley accused of attacking Prenzler continued again

By Charmaine Little | May 22, 2018

The trial for a man accused of attacking Madison County board chairman Kurt Prenzler has been continued to June 18 at 9 a.m.

FOIA requester wants state AG to subpoena documents from Madison County SA involving sexual harassment allegations

By Ann Maher | May 22, 2018

A former employee of the Madison County State's Attorney's office wants the state attorney general to subpoena internal documents the office refuses to turn over involving sexual harassment allegations against former chief investigator Kevin Hendricks, whose position was eliminated March 1.

State central committeeman Winchester sues state GOP; case removed to federal court

By Record News | May 21, 2018

BENTON – Bob Winchester, central committeeman of the Illinois Republican Party since 1992, claims in U.S. district court that the party rigged an election against him.

Third Judicial Circuit judge awarded National Judicial College scholarship

By Dawn Geske | May 16, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Associate Judge Maureen Schuette has been awarded a scholarship to the National Judicial College for 2018.

Madison County IT department searched; Under 'same umbrella' of January raids

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 14, 2018

Four months after several Madison County offices were raided by a multi-jurisdiction task force, another search warrant was executed Monday in the IT department, according to a Madison County official.

Gibbons maintains he's not conflicted in raid investigation; Targets press for independence at hearing

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 11, 2018

At a hearing to determine whether a conflict of interest exists in regards to a raid at the county administration building four months ago, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said the claim is premature and he would appoint civil counsel for county officials in the event of an indictment.

Looking forward to the well running dry

By The Madison County Record | May 9, 2018

It's interesting how two people or groups of people can have completely different reactions to the same situation. Consider the diametrically opposed perspectives on the legal climate in Madison County. The hellhole status we've deplored for years is considered positively paradisaical by profiteers.

Judge Katz rules against MESD commissioners involving creation of special tax

By Record News | May 8, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Commissioners of Metro East Sanitary District exceeded their authority when they created a special service area in St. Clair County, associate judge Julie Katz ruled on May 4.

Report: Metro-East property tax rates nearly double national average

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2018

Both Madison and St. Clair County taxpayers paid a higher effective tax rate than the national average in 2017, a year which also saw continued outmigration from the region.

'Hatchet piece' editorial took no guts to write

By The Madison County Record | Apr 24, 2018

I would much rather discuss this with the author of this hatchet piece editorial - Special prosecutors for everyone! - but since your fine publication allows its writers to hide behind the generic byline of “by the Madison County Record” that is impossible.

Gibbons files motion to stay discovery pending conflict of interest ruling; No charges four months after raid

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 23, 2018

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons filed a motion to stay all discovery in a case involving a Jan. 10 raid on Madison County offices until the court has determined if a conflict of interest exists.

Plank wins MC GOP chairmanship; Control of state party remains in question

By Ann Maher | Apr 23, 2018

Madison County GOP precinct committee men and women voted for current chairman Jeremy Plank over challenger, county board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, by a five point margin - 52.5 to 47.5 percent - at last week's party convention.

Challenges ahead with transition to statewide court e-filing, especially with 'eye-popping' number of asbestos cases

By John Breslin | Apr 20, 2018

Madison County's Circuit Clerk will not receive any additional funding in his budget to manage the challenge of abiding by an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that all counties must feed filings into a statewide system by July 1.

Special prosecutors for everyone!

By The Madison County Record | Apr 18, 2018

For the new craze of impugning the integrity of senior law enforcement officials and requesting the appointment of special prosecutors, we can thank, among others, fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation

By Ann Maher | Apr 16, 2018

Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank has called for the appointment of more Republicans at the Third Judicial Circuit to more closely reflect the county’s “political landscape” and to help shed its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.”

Edwardsville man accused of attacking Prenzler last year wants outside prosecutor; Says Gibbons is biased 'for or against' Prenzler

By Ann Maher | Apr 5, 2018

An Edwardsville man facing trial for allegedly assaulting Madison County's board chairman at a charity event last year wants an outside prosecutor to handle charges against him.

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