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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.

Sheriff had pension benefits boosted by one-third in last month as Cahokia police chief

By Record News | Aug 27, 2018

CAHOKIA – Pension benefits for former Cahokia police chief Rick Watson, now St. Clair County sheriff, were boosted by 33 percent in his last 35 days as chief, according to records of the trustees and the state insurance commission.

Stiehl begins three-month circuit judge position; Gleeson ‘profusely’ thankful for Karmeier’s appointment

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 23, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge William Stiehl Jr. began his brief three-month appointment Thursday, presiding over the probate docket.

Deputy election clerk who lost job for filing campaign paperwork on government time, has worked for many Democrat office holders

By Record News | Aug 20, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Margaret Eros of Belleville, whose actions as treasurer for Sheriff Rick Watson’s campaign caused her to lose her job as a St. Clair County election clerk last week, has worked hard for several other Democrat office holders through the years.

GOP leader, opponent call for investigation into claims St. Clair County sheriff violated campaign laws

By John Breslin | Aug 7, 2018

An investigation should be launched following allegations that St. Clair County Sheriff Richard "Rick" Watson violated local and state campaign laws, according to the county's Republican leader and Watson's opponent in the sheriff's election.

William Stiehl Jr. appointed circuit judge one year after LeChien's death

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 2, 2018

Belleville plaintiff attorney William D. Stiehl Jr. was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the circuit judge vacancy left open following the death of former judge Robert LeChien roughly one year ago.

Belleville attorney Tameeka Purchase appointed St. Clair associate judge

By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2018

Belleville attorney Tameeka Purchase has been selected by the sitting St. Clair County circuit judges to fill the associate judge vacancy left by the resignation of former associate judge Walter C. Brandon.

Madison County circuit judge candidates file second quarter reports

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 19, 2018

With less than four months until Election Day, candidates for two Madison County circuit judge seats brought in a total of $27,985 in the second quarter.

Retired Fairview Heights police chief seeks to reduce 'staggering' violent crime rate in campaign for St. Clair Co. Sheriff

By Ann Maher | Jul 10, 2018

After 30 years serving in the Fairview Heights Police Department, Nick Gailius recently retired as Chief and turned his attention to fighting crime on a larger scale.

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.

Plank wins MC GOP chairmanship; Control of state party remains in question

By Ann Maher | Apr 23, 2018

Madison County GOP precinct committee men and women voted for current chairman Jeremy Plank over challenger, county board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, by a five point margin - 52.5 to 47.5 percent - at last week's party convention.

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