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Republican candidate from East St. Louis describes attack flyer linking him to 'Springfield insiders' as 'preposterous'

By John Breslin | Oct 17, 2018

A Republican candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives has described as "preposterous" an attack flyer linking him to corporate interests and Springfield insiders.

Lawyer contributions to Smith exceed total contributions for other Madison County judicial candidates

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 17, 2018

Plaintiff lawyers and firms make up more than half of the campaign contributions for Democratic judicial candidate Sarah Smith in Madison County.

Overstreet win at Fifth District could grow conservative hold on bench

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Republican candidate for a permanent seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court, Justice David Overstreet, steers clear of addressing "trigger" issues for the trial bar - "frivolous" litigation and "caps" on damages - in questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League.

Gleeson, Cruse and Emge respond to ICJL questionnaire on range of topics

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties - will be asked in next month's election whether circuit judges Andrew Gleeson (chief judge), Zina Cruse (at large judge) and Daniel Emge (Washington County resident judge) should be retained - yes or no.

Hoffman, Costello end Q3 with $1.36M combined compared to less than $10K held by competitors Jameson, Friess

By Record News | Oct 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Spending on downstate races to keep the Illinois State House controlled by Democrats rivals the ferocity playing out on a national level to put the minority party back in control of the U.S. House.

Lawyers near and far go big for Democrat judicial candidates; Republican challengers take note in 'we don't owe anyone' message

By Record News | Oct 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Four law firms provided 59 percent of itemized contributions to judicial campaigns of Democrats Heinz Rudolf, John O’Gara, and Christopher Kolker in the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Jameson reacts angrily to attacks by opponent over Quincy veterans' home tragedy

By John Breslin | Oct 13, 2018

Republican candidate for the 113th District, Doug Jameson, has reacted angrily to attacks on him by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Jay Hoffman, over the Quincy veterans' home tragedy.

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.

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