Madison County

Madison County Heroin
7:55 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Madison County Launches Task Force To Combat Heroin Epidemic

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The top two law enforcement officials in Madison County, Ill., say they want to hear from anyone and everyone who might have ideas about slowing the heroin epidemic in the county.

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Judicial Hellholes
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

It's Called A "Hellhole." But Madison County Defense Attorneys Say Better The Devil You Know

The American Tort Reform Association calls the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville, Ill., the entrance to judicial hell. But those who work in the system aren't so sure.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) releases its annual list of so-called “judicial hellholes," a term it uses to refer to civil courts that ATRA believes are consistently unfair to corporate defendants.

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Judicial Hellholes
4:16 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On 'Judicial Hellhole' List

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A group that lobbies to make courts friendlier to business says it’s seeing a troubling increase in the number of large product liability cases filed in the city of St. Louis.

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3:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

While Waiting On State Action, Madison County Sets Its Own Guidelines For Concealed Carry

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Updated at 11:50 a.m., Friday, June 7 & 3:14 p.m. 

The Illinois State Police on Friday issued a response to Gibbons' letter. The state police, along with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriff's Association, say they will continue to enforce state law which prohibits the carrying of "an immediately accessible firearm on your person or in your vehicle regardless of whether it is concealed." Violating the law can result in an arrest.

Our original story:

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Olutosin Oduwole
10:42 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Terrorism Threat Conviction Of SIUE Student Thrown Out

An Illinois appeals court has overturned the conviction of Olutoson Oduwole.
(Courtesy Madison County Sheriff’s Department)

Updated at 11:40 a.m. with a statement from prosecuting attorney Thomas Gibbons.

An Illinois appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville student charged with planning to threaten a mass shooting at the campus.

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Environmental Clean-up
6:30 am
Fri September 28, 2012

EPA Receives Funding For Lead Clean-Up In Madison County

Several counties in Missouri were included in lead mining, including Madison.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today clean-up methods it will take on a former mining site in Madison County.

The Madison County Mines Superfund site is part of the Old Lead Belt, where the mining of heavy metals began in the 1700s. The nearly 500-square-mile area is contaminated by lead, a highly-toxic metal that can wreak havoc on organs and tissues in the human body.

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St. Jacob, Ill.
1:37 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Southwestern Illinois village St. Jacob shuts down over budget dispute

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A tiny southwestern Illinois village's budget troubles have effectively shut the town down.

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Morning round-up
6:38 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Metro sees double-digit increase in bus passengers

St. Louis’ mass transit agency saw the biggest growth in bus ridership in the country during the first three months of the year.

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Matt Melucci
11:27 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Longtime southwestern Illinois circuit clerk Melucci dies

Matt Melucci, a longtime circuit clerk in Illinois' Madison County, has died.
(Madison County Government website)

A longtime circuit clerk in southwestern Illinois has died.

Madison County officials say Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci was 69 when he died Thursday night of cancer at his Collinsville home.

Melucci served in the post for nearly 20 years and was planning to retire in November, having announced last September that he would not seek re-election this year.

Democratic Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida faces Republican John Barberis Jr. in the November election for circuit clerk's position.

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3:51 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Ranking: Madison, St. Clair Ill. counties among "most unfair" court jurisdictions in nation

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

An annual ranking again cites Illinois as a state rife with "judicial hell holes." But a group representing trial lawyers says the listing is bunk.

The American Tort Reform Association ranks Madison, St. Clair and McLean Counties among the most unfair court jurisdictions in the nation. And Cook County's on the watch list.

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