St. Clair County
Judge Cook was arrested two months after the trial on charges of possessing heroin and a having a gun while on controlled substances.
Christopher Horton, 22, of Highland entered pleas to five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
Prosecutors say Michael Cook was a St. Clair County circuit judge when he got heroin from Sean McGilvery “on an almost daily basis.”
The American Civil Liberties Union says the new policy opens the county up to lawsuits but Mark Kern, the St. Clair County Board Chair, disagrees.
Last week, Prosecutors in southwestern Illinois’ St. Clair County charged 62-year-old Gary Warwick in the 1972 death of 1-year-old Joseph Henry Abernathy III.
Prosecutors in St. Clair County last week charged 17-year-old Shaun Henderson of Washington Park with first-degree murder.
The law states that counties in more urban areas have the choice to opt out altogether, or pick and choose which highways to let vehicles go faster.
At a press conference Thursday announcing the capture and charges of more than 58 people, Kelly said the area is “in a state of lawlessness.”
The man found dead inside the St. Clair County Courthouse parking garage died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Belleville News-Democrat reported the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund was “investigating” the county but Board Chairman Mark Kern insists it is not an investigation.