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County board candidate says voters in west Belleville district are fed up with high property taxes

By Ann Maher | Oct 12, 2018

If there's one concern common among voters in St. Clair County Board District 8 it's high property taxes, according to Republican candidate Deborah Brennan.

Judicial candidate Mark Rabe forms campaign committee weeks before election

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 10, 2018

Madison County circuit judge candidate Mark Rabe, who is dedicated to keeping court costs on taxpayer dollars down, recently reported his first campaign contribution over $1,000 with just under four weeks until Election Day.

Cruse describes new bail reform law aimed at helping poor people, amidst criticism from Justice for Kane and radio host's racial slurs

By Ann Maher | Oct 9, 2018

The leader of a grassroots group seeking to oust St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina Cruse from office in next month's election refutes claims that there's a racial component to the anti-retention effort.

Lawyers supporting Dem candidate for Fifth District spent half of funds on polling in Hoerner v. Overstreet

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers independently supporting Fifth District appellate court candidate Kevin Hoerner paid $26,500 to Hart Research of Washington for polling on Oct. 7, state election board records show.

Cason wants record set straight on custody ruling; Says it was another judge who released child into dangerous home

By Record News | Oct 8, 2018

Republican judicial candidate Laninya Cason says she has been falsely accused of taking actions on the bench that led to the death of a child, and she faults her opponent for advancing his campaign by posting an article on social media that allegedly places her in a false light.

In pre-toilet problem polling, Pritzker leads Rauner by 22 points

By Ann Maher | Oct 3, 2018

CARBONDALE - Democrat J.B. Pritzker has a 22-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in the race for governor, according to a Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released Tuesday.

Anti-retention efforts aimed at St. Clair County judges; Gleeson pushes back

By John Sammon | Oct 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Movements are underway in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit to oust two judges from office, alleging unfair and unethical conduct.

St. Clair, Madison and Monroe county Democrat committees getting fuel from Pritzker tank

By Ann Maher | Oct 2, 2018

Local Democrat organizations have benefited from big money flowing from candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker who has invested $104 million of his personal wealth into election efforts this season.

IDOT worker fired for attempting to hire fellow Democrat - a county board member - sues Rauner admin

By Record News | Oct 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Former Illinois Department of Transportation human resources manager Shelly Shevlin of Freeburg, who lost her job after an ethics investigation, seeks reinstatement in St. Clair County circuit court.

County chair calls for forensic audit of Wood River levee district; Gibbons calls it irresponsible to discuss open investigations

By Ann Maher | Sep 26, 2018

Calling for a forensic audit of the Wood River Drainage and Levee District over possible misappropriation of funds has become the latest tussle between political rivals in Madison County government.

Candidate code of conduct requires signers to repudiate ‘vote early, vote often’ remarks

By Record News | Sep 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Judicial candidates Chris Kolker and Heinz Rudolf signed pledges to repudiate tactics of others that they themselves would not use or condone, though neither have responded to a request for comment regarding steamfitter business manager Totsy Bailey remarks made at a Democratic rally in Caseyville on Sept. 17.

Labor leader at Caseyville rally: 'Vote often, vote early...whatever you can get away with'

By Ann Maher | Sep 18, 2018

An O'Fallon attorney who's been involved in voter integrity initiatives as a volunteer for six years and who's also running for circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit said he is "very disturbed" by a video circulating on social media of a local labor leader encouraging people to "vote early and often," as in "East St. Louis."

Trial lawyer cash making its way into Fifth District race

By Ann Maher | Sep 17, 2018

The race to fill an open seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court has seen an infusion of trial lawyer campaign cash in recent weeks - from near and far.

Questions raised over links between donors, lawyers and state AG offices

By John Breslin | Sep 17, 2018

Free market thinkers and those who believe in some government intervention are involved in an increasingly sour battle over the issue of climate change.

Pension spiking needs review, House candidates say

By John Breslin | Sep 10, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Two Republican candidates fighting for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives believe the practice of increasing pay of public sector workers in their final years, so-called pension spiking, should be reviewed.

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