Madison County News

Rauner vetoes legislation that would have replaced Republican with Democrat at helm of MESD

By Ann Maher | Jul 17, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have reshaped the Metro East Sanitary District, saying the legislation - sponsored by local Democrat legislators - was a politically-motivated attempt to undercut the board led by Republican Steve Adler.

In pre-dawn order, Herndon rips lawyer for veterans commissioner in suit against current and former officials

By Record News | Jul 17, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – At 4:03 a.m. on July 12, U.S. District Judge David Herndon posted an order ripping lawyer Tom Burkart and canceling a July 23 trial date for Burkart’s client, Madison County Veteran Assistance Commissioner Brad Lavite.

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.

Lawyers for Recorder Meyer cite conflict of interest in withdrawing representation in retaliation suit

By Record News | Jul 12, 2018

BENTON – Lawyers for Madison County dropped Recorder Amy Meyer as client in a retaliation suit of former employee Jackie Barlow, citing a conflict of interest.

Judiciary Committee chair addresses rumors falsely accusing Republicans of cutting jobs

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 20, 2018

At a Madison County Judiciary Committee meeting earlier this month, committee chair Mike Walters addressed concerns that individuals are "spreading rumors" that Republican committee members are attempting to make job cuts.

Gibbons’ arms-length argument in raid of Prenzler administration fails to persuade, transcript shows

By Record News | Jun 19, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, who started an investigation into county board chairman Kurt Prenzler and created a task force for it, lost an argument that the investigation and the task force weren’t his.

Woman alleges injuries while exiting elevator

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 15, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing Madison County after she was allegedly injured while existing an elevator.

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.

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