Madison County, Illinois
Madison County is an Illinois municipality considered a part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. As of 2006, the population was 265,303. The county seat is Edwardsville, Illinois.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has jurisdiction in Madison County. Appeals from the Southern District go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
- Barbara Crowder
- James Hackett
- David A. Hylla (Chief judge)
- John Knight
- A. Andreas Matoesian
- William A. Mudge
- Kyle Napp
- Dennis R. Ruth
- Richard L. Tognarelli 
- Philip B. Alfeld
- Duane L. Bailey
- Ben L. Beyers, II
- Thomas W. Chapman
- Donald M. Flack
- David K. Grounds
- Clarence W. Harrison II
- Janet Rae Heflin
- Keith Jensen
- Elizabeth R. Levy
- Neil T. Schroeder
- Ronald Slemer
- Stephen A. Stobbs
|Candidate||Incumbency||Party||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|Clarence W. Harrison II||No||Democratic||100%|
|John B. Barberis, Jr.||No||Republican||100%|
|Richard L. Tognarelli|
|Dennis R. Ruth|
- See also: Illinois judicial elections, 2014
For statewide judicial election information, see: Illinois judicial elections, 2012.
Third Circuit Court
|Candidate||Incumbency||Party||Predecessor||Primary Vote||Election Vote|
|David A. Hylla||Yes|
|Kyle Napp||No||Democratic||Vacancy of Charles Romani||100%||56.6%|
|Thomas W. Burkart||No||Republican||Vacancy of Charles Romani||54%||43.4%|
Madison County was formed in 1812 out of Randolph and St. Clair Counties. At the time of its formation, Madison County included all of the modern State of Illinois north of St. Louis, about three-fourths of the Territory. The county was named for President James Madison, at the outbreak of the War of 1812.
"Judicial hellhole" Designation
Madison County was ranked the #1 "judicial hellhole" by the American Tort Reform Association in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The county improved, falling down the list to #4 in 2005 and #6 in 2006. The ATRA argued that local judges, bankrolled and elected by local plaintiffs' attorneys, encouraged forum shopping by misapplying the laws to make the court system unfairly balanced on behalf of plaintiffs. One-third of United States asbestos cases were brought in Madison County, and the number of class actions increased from three a year to nearly a hundred a year.
Due partially to the reform efforts of Chief Judge Ann Callis and Judge Daniel Stack, as well as the enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act, class action filings have decreased from 106 in 2003 to 87 in 2004, 56 in 2005 and only three in 2006.
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- Allan H. Keith, Historical Stories: About Greenville and Bond County, IL. Consulted on August 15, 2007.
- ATRA, Judicial Hellholes 2002
- Manhattan Institute, Trial Lawyers Inc. Illinois
- ATRA Judicial Hellholes report 2007