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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.

Trump visit compared to thrill of Game 5 World Series - but 'at another level'; Taxpayer revolt also turns out crowd

By John Sammon | Oct 31, 2018

MURPHYSBORO – People who attended a visit by President Donald Trump to Southern Illinois on Oct. 27 and a “Taxpayer Revolt” held on Oct. 24 in Collinsville said they were energized by large crowds that gathered for both.

Republican candidate in long shot bid for bench pulls few punches in attack against 'elitist' system

By John Breslin | Oct 30, 2018

Republican Katherine Ruocco is pulling few punches in the last week of her long shot bid for a place on the bench as a Twentieth Judicial circuit judge.

Circuit court candidates set out positions ahead of keenly watched poll; Evans upbeat on campaign

By John Breslin | Oct 30, 2018

Three open circuit court seats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will be decided next week, in what are the most most competitive judicial contests seen for some years.

Spending in Overstreet-Hoerner pales in comparison to $1.7M trial lawyer-funded '16 races

By Record News | Oct 30, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Democrats who spent $1,731,670.25 on a pair of Fifth District appellate court races two years ago haven’t come close to matching that support for current candidate Kevin Hoerner.

Madlock points to rising taxes as primary motivator in uphill run against Democrat incumbent

By Ann Maher | Oct 30, 2018

Taxes. It's the number one reason Jason Madlock of Centreville seeks election as a Republican to the 114th House District in hopes of unseating incumbent LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis).

Supporters of CARD dissolution call on voters to turn out; Super-majority needed

By Ann Maher | Oct 30, 2018

A chief organizer in the effort to dissolve the financially distressed Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD) in next Tuesday's election is calling on voters not to "sit this one out."

'Uncle Mike' video suggests voter fraud at care facilities; Incumbent calls ad 'cruel' and 'inappropriate'

By Ann Maher | Oct 29, 2018

An Alton woman says in a campaign video that when she learned her Uncle Mike has been voting from a residential facility in Godfrey that cares for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, she felt someone was using him.

State police reports show St. Clair Co. had highest homicide rate in state from 2010-16

By Record News | Oct 27, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – St. Clair County posted the state’s highest homicide rate from 2010 to 2016, and ranked near the top in rape, robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault and battery, according to annual state police reports.

St. Clair Co. Democrats gearing up for Election Day; Candidate committees pony up $146K in 10 days

By Record News | Oct 25, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Democratic candidates in St. Clair County, preparing to deploy a battalion of workers for the Nov. 6 election, sent $146,935 from their own treasuries to the party’s central committee in 10 days.

Internal polling shows Kay taking lead over Stuart in 112th House District

By Ann Maher | Oct 25, 2018

The race for the 112th House District between incumbent Katie Stuart (D-Collinsville) and Republican challenger Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon has tightened - with internal polling showing Kay taking a two-point lead, up from a four-point deficit in polling conducted last week.

Dugan says he is troubled by political makeup of Madison County judiciary

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 24, 2018

Madison County Circuit Judge David Dugan, who is running on the Republican ticket for the seat he currently occupies, said he believes in an “independent judiciary” that is “above the fray of politics” and is troubled by the political makeup of the Madison County judiciary.

County board candidate says levy rate vote avoiding 'Truth in Taxation' law was 'deceitful'

By John Sammon | Oct 24, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Board District 12 candidate Kevin Wallace called a recent increase in the county's property tax levy of 4.99 percent, just below a 5 percent threshold that would have required a public hearing and notice to voters, “deceitful.”

Trump to stump for Bost in Murphysboro on Saturday; Recent poll shows Bost up 9 points

By John Sammon | Oct 23, 2018

CARBONDALE – President Donald Trump is coming to Southern Illinois to try and turn back a bid by state Democrats to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives after the Nov. 6 election.

Illinois National Guard on standby to thwart foreign cyber attacks on election day

By Ann Maher | Oct 23, 2018

While a Russian hack into the state's voter database didn't alter election results in 2016, the threat of a more serious attack this year motivated Illinois election officials to partner with one of the most highly-trained cyber security forces around to deal in real time with potential breaches.

County clerk calls suit alleging election judges shut out of counting ballots 'ridiculous'

By John Breslin | Oct 23, 2018

Madison County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza has described a complaint that she shut out election judges and monitors during the 2016 count as "ridiculous."

'People are motivated' says organizer of taxpayer revolt rally, set Oct. 24

By John Sammon | Oct 20, 2018

COLLINSVILLE – Inspired by a desire to take action against out of control taxation, a “Taxpayer Revolt Rally” is set to take place Oct. 24 in Collinsville, just ahead of an election that could be considered a referendum on the hot topic.

Watson apologizes to fellow police pension trustee over outburst at July meeting

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

CAHOKIA – St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson, as a trustee of Cahokia police pensions, apologized to fellow trustee Francella Jackson on Oct. 17, for his behavior at a previous board meeting.

Holbrook says only one complaint over machines during early voting - from Belleville lawyer wanting to cast 'no' on retention

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

Only one complaint over a possible glitch in voting machines has been fielded during early voting, according to St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook.

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