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If Frank Mautino didn’t break the rules, the rules are broken

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Jul 16, 2018

When it comes to political graft, paying people under the table isn’t too complicated – as long as you have some blurred lines to hide in.

Split in Mautino spending decision is defeat for challenger, but earlier ruling means auditor general can’t run again

By Record News | Jul 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s former campaign committee violated no laws by identifying a garage and a bank as recipients of payments that others received, the state election board decided on July 10.

State Board of Elections moves to merit-based pay system versus step compensation favored by unions

By John Breslin | Jul 5, 2018

CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) has introduced a merit-based pay structure for its employees and is able to do so because of its uniquely independent status within the state.

Belleville resident blames asbestos manufacturers for late father's mesothelioma

By Lhalie Castillo | Jul 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A Belleville woman alleges her late father developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his life.

Widow blames husband's lung cancer on asbestos exposure from Warner Morse, others' products

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her husband's lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure during his career.

Widow alleges asbestos exposure from CBS Corp., others' products caused man's lung cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 19, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer was caused by his exposure to asbestos during his employment.

General Electric Company, others allegedly failed to warn woman about dangers of working around asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 8, 2018

An estate administrator is suing Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, General Electric Company and several other companies for alleged negligence.

State Board of Elections must hear Mautino allegations of misspending

By Ann Maher | May 23, 2018

The Fourth District Appellate Court on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois State Board of Elections must revisit allegations that embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign committee made more than $200,000 in illegal payments while he served as a state representative, according to a press release from the Liberty Justice Center.

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.”

Can we just have an honest election?

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to choose our own representatives. But if the slate we get to choose from is subject to vetting by political operatives, maybe we're not so fortunate.

Weapons of grassroots destruction: Challenge petition signatures and circulators

By Record News | Mar 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Even though finances and name ID are arguably the most important factors for success at the ballot box, campaigns are sometimes lost before they even begin when political operatives set out to eliminate competition before voters have a chance to do it unto their own.

Cook County judge to determine what to do with Patton votes

By Record News | Mar 17, 2018

CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.

Appellate court rules against Patton in ballot access challenge

By Ann Maher | Mar 12, 2018

The First District Appellate Court has rejected a ballot access appeal brought by Edwardsville mayor Hal Patton, whose candidacy for state Senate has been derailed.

Someone needs to monitor our State Board of Elections

By The Madison County Record | Jan 17, 2018

“With 19,520 registered voters as of January 13, 2012, and only 19,000 persons over the age of 18 [in East St. Louis], according to the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 report, it seems that we have now a major case of over-registration,” Matt Hawkins of the East St. Louis Alliance for Change lamented six years ago.

State’s Attorney Kelly will have primary challenge after objection denied

By Record News | Jan 12, 2018

CHICAGO – All eight members of the State Electoral Board denied an objection that would have guaranteed the nomination of St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly as Democratic candidate for Congress.

Elections board rules for Hilmes in ballot challenge brought by GOP rival Ruocco

By Ann Maher | Jan 12, 2018

The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican candidate for St. Clair County circuit judge "B. Marshall Hilmes" will be allowed to remain on the ballot at the March 20 primary election.

Non-commercial drivers sue employers for unpaid wages

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 13, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — Non-commercial drivers filed a class-action lawsuit against their employers for allegedly refusing to pay the required minimum wages and overtime compensations.

Bank claims Edwardsville homeowner defaulted on promissory note

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 3, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A bank is suing an individual, citing alleged breach of contract.

First quarter reports in for Madison County circuit judge campaign; Smith leads with more than $65K raised

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 18, 2017

Campaign finance records with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Madison County Circuit Judge Sarah Smith has received the most contributions in the first quarter of her campaign for circuit judge with a total of $65,355.

Seventh Circuit affirms summary judgment for ISBE

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 13, 2017

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for several Illinois State Board of Elections officials in a suit filed by the Green Party over excess candidate requirements for unestablished parties in Illinois.

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