Michael Cook 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 Former St. Clair County Circuit Judge's Heroin Supplier Pleads Guilty In Federal Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/former-st-clair-county-circuit-judges-heroin-supplier-pleads-guilty-federal-court <p>Federal prosecutors say a southwestern Illinois man who admitted to trafficking heroin supplied the narcotic almost daily to a former judge now facing drug and weapons charges.</p><p>Thirty-four-year-old Sean McGilvery of Belleville pleaded guilty to heroin conspiracy and possession Thursday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.<br />&nbsp;Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from McGilvery "on an almost daily basis."</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:25:17 +0000 The Associated Press 30765 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Former St. Clair County Circuit Judge's Heroin Supplier Pleads Guilty In Federal Court