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Rudolf wins the 'Fiss' seat, defeating challenger Ruocco by four-point margin

By Ann Maher | Nov 7, 2018

In the race for a seat being vacated by Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, Associate Judge Heinz Rudolf has won by a four-point margin.

Bauer elected Bond County circuit judge

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 7, 2018

Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer was elected circuit judge with 79.2 percent of voters who cast ballots voting for him.

Ming-Mendoza defeats Adler for Madison County Clerk

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 7, 2018

Incumbent Democrat Debbie Ming-Mendoza defeated Republican Steve Adler for Madison County Clerk after the two sparred in an attack campaign alleging voter fraud.

Dugan secures Madison County circuit judge seat for the Barberis vacancy

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 6, 2018

Republican David Dugan secured the Madison County circuit judge seat he was appointed to last year after John Barberis Jr. was elected to the Fifth District.

Judges seeking retention in Twentieth Judicial Circuit win in spite of opposition

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Judges running for retention in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit have easily won retention - in spite of a well-organized effort to unseat Circuit Judge Zina Cruse.

Smith elected Madison County circuit judge for the Crowder vacancy

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 6, 2018

Democrat Sarah Smith was elected circuit judge in Madison County for judge Barbara Crowder's seat with a margin of 55.3 to 44.7 percent.

Overstreet wins permanent seat at Fifth District, likely shifting balance 5-2 conservative

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Justice David Overstreet has easily won a permanent seat to the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Incumbent Bristow elected Representative for 111th District

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Incumbent Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) defeated Republican Mike Babcock by a margin of 50.5 to 49.5 percent for Illinois' 111th House District.

Voters sending strong message to dissolve financially distressed park district

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Voters in the Collinsville Area Recreation District appear to have given a resounding thumbs up to dissolve the financially strapped park district.

At $3.4 million, Bristow-Babcock race in 111th is most expensive in state, report says

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

Which House race in the State of Illinois has run the most expensive campaign this season?

‘Super poll watcher’ will have access to ballot counting, resolving suit against MC Clerk

By Brian Brueggemann | Nov 5, 2018

Republicans will have a “super poll watcher” monitoring the election Tuesday, under terms of an agreement reached in a lawsuit that accused the Madison County clerk’s office of conducting closed-door vote tabulations in a previous election.

Trial lawyers give big October boost to Democrats and Madigan

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Fifteen plaintiff law firms poured $1,695,850 into Democratic campaigns in October, records of the Illinois State Board of Elections show.

County clerk candidate calls incumbent's claim over ballot supervision at residential facilities a ‘fabrication’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 2, 2018

Republican candidate Steve Adler said the Madison County clerk’s assertion that election judges supervise the voting process for Beverly Farm residents is a “fabrication.”

Madison County judicial candidate Parker receives more than $72K just before election

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 1, 2018

Madison County circuit judge candidate and Maryville attorney Marc Parker’s campaign committee received $72,500 in October with less than a week until Election Day.

Green wave of Madigan, trial lawyer cash flowing into House races: Bristow, Costello and Stuart

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018

Three local Democrat House members seeking re-election next week are among the top beneficiaries of campaign cash raining down from House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose interests in recent weeks have been showered with greenbacks from the trial bar.

Busy times in Twentieth Judicial Circuit in final stretch of election cycle, and beyond

By John Breslin | Oct 31, 2018

Three contested judicial elections that could potentially lead to three associate judge vacancies, three retention polls, one judge still on administrative duties, and controversy over bail for an alleged child murderer - these are busy times within in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and for its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.

Dining, drinks and groceries account for roughly 13-15 percent of Hoerner, Kolker spending

By Record News | Oct 31, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Fifth District appellate court candidate Kevin Hoerner spent $14,496.90 on itemized bills at restaurants and taverns this year through Sept. 30, state election board records show.

Candidate Mark Rabe says his experience offers diversity to the bench; Rabe: 'Green wave' ensured 'continuous string of Democratic officials'

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 31, 2018

Madison County circuit judge candidate Mark Rabe said his experience as an attorney for Boeing offers a “different level of diversity” to a court dominated by Democratic judges and driven by a “green wave” of plaintiff bar funding.

Disappearing sign mystery partly solved by camera; But county board member says signs in right of way are wrong

By Record News | Oct 31, 2018

St. Clair County Board member Bob Trentman, who represents District 14 in Belleville, doesn't deny it was him captured in a photograph before dawn on Oct. 25 removing a political sign from right of way property on Lebanon Avenue near its T-intersection with Hartman Lane.

New category in ICJL evaluation names sleeping judge and others to 'Behaving Badly' list

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018

"Judges Behaving Badly" is a new category being used by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) to assess judges seeking retention in next week's general election.

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