St. Clair County http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Cook Gets Two Years In St. Clair County Heroin Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cook-gets-two-years-st-clair-county-heroin-case <p>A former St. Clair County judge will spend two years in federal prison for federal drug and weapons charges.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:45:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34834 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cook Gets Two Years In St. Clair County Heroin Case Federal Court Rejects Plea Deal For St. Clair County Judge Caught Up In Drug Scandal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-court-rejects-plea-deal-st-clair-county-judge-caught-drug-scandal <p>A federal court in Illinois has rejected a plea agreement that would have sent former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook to prison for 18 months on drug and weapons charges.</p><p>Judge Joe McDade, who normally presides over federal cases in Peoria, Ill., told attorneys for both sides today that he did not believe the proposed sentence was long enough to assure St. Clair County residents that their judiciary was in good hands. McDade was assigned to the case after two judges from the Southern District recused&nbsp;themselves.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:05:32 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 34028 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Court Rejects Plea Deal For St. Clair County Judge Caught Up In Drug Scandal Metro East Residents Rally For More Transparency In Government http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-east-residents-rally-more-transparency-government <p></p><p>A group of citizens fed up with what they call a lack of transparency and responsiveness in St. Clair County government aired a wide variety of concerns today outside the county's headquarters in Belleville.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:59:45 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32608 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro East Residents Rally For More Transparency In Government Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-judge-facing-drug-charges-quits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;St. Clair County&nbsp;judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip is stepping down from the bench as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday&nbsp;by letter to the chief judge, John </span>Baricevic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>Baricevic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the letter is brief and doesn't offer a reason for Cook's departure.</span></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:24:24 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 26854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Judge Facing Drug Charges Quits St. Clair County cracks down on synthetic drugs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-clair-county-cracks-down-synthetic-drugs <p><i>Updated at 5:51 p.m. with more information, photo.</i></p><p><a href="http://www.bnd.com/2012/04/10/2135271/police-raid-st-clair-county-stores.html">Thirteen businesses</a> were raided in St. Clair County Illinois Tuesday in a new crackdown on illegal synthetic drugs.&nbsp;</p><p>The raids on convenience stores, liquor stores and smoke shops stem from a law passed last year that broadens the chemical definition of the drugs.</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:09:19 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3459 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Clair County cracks down on synthetic drugs Ranking: Madison, St. Clair Ill. counties among "most unfair" court jurisdictions in nation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ranking-madison-st-clair-ill-counties-among-most-unfair-court-jurisdictions-nation <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.</em></p><p>An annual ranking again cites Illinois as a state rife with &quot;judicial hell holes.&quot; But a group representing trial lawyers says the listing is bunk.</p><p>The American Tort Reform Association <a href="http://www.judicialhellholes.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Judicial-Hellholes-2011.pdf">ranks Madison, St. Clair and McLean Counties among the most unfair court jurisdictions in the nation</a>. And Cook County&#39;s on the watch list.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:51:01 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 2700 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ranking: Madison, St. Clair Ill. counties among "most unfair" court jurisdictions in nation St. Clair County approves scaled-down warehouse at MidAmerica Airport http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-clair-county-approves-scaled-down-warehouse-midamerica-airport <p>St. Clair County officials on Thursday approved a greatly scaled back plan for a privately-financed cargo warehouse at <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-east-officials-losing-patience-midamerica-airport">MidAmerica Airport</a> in Mascoutah, Ill.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:15:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1899 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Clair County approves scaled-down warehouse at MidAmerica Airport FAA says St. Clair County shooting range no danger to aircraft http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/faa-says-st-clair-county-shooting-range-no-danger-aircraft <p>The Federal Aviation Administration says the Caseyville Rifle and Pistol Club is no danger to people or planes.</p><p>But officials in St. Clair County have a different view of the shooting range located near Scott Air Force Base and MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.</p><p>The county has been trying to get an injunction to shutter the club and insists the open-air range endangers low-flying planes.</p><p>County officials have asked a judge to toss out as evidence an FAA letter calling the shooting range safe.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 18:45:13 +0000 The Associated Press 1821 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FAA says St. Clair County shooting range no danger to aircraft State of St. Louis breakfast focuses on jobs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-st-louis-breakfast-focuses-jobs <p>The subject of jobs and how to create them was front and center at the sixth annual State of St. Louis breakfast this morning.</p><p>The chief executives of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County Illinois all say they expect a better economy in 2011 than 2010.</p><p>They all trumpeted the need to cooperate to ensure that happens.</p><p><a href="http://www.co.st-clair.il.us/ElectedOfficials/St.+Clair+County+Board+Chairman.htm">St. Clair County executive Mark Kern</a> wants to see the focus on one industry in particular.</p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 21:37:07 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 276 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State of St. Louis breakfast focuses on jobs