EDWARDSVILLE — Chief Judge Dave Hylla announced the inception of Madison County’s first Accountability Court.
The court will assist parents willing to pay child support but unable to fulfill their obligation because of certain common barriers to employment and financial stability.
The court will partner with community colleges, Madison County Employment Service, and the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office to identify common barriers and connect participants to agencies that can provide support for these individuals and the families they support. Partners will offer assistance with employment, job placement, and coordination for veterans, resumé and interview assistance, transportation and skills development.
The court will seek to engage business leaders to pursue employment opportunities and eventual placement of participants.
“The Accountability Court will create a favorable environment for participants to receive support and encouragement to better their lives,” Hylla said. “Barriers to success can come in many forms. Let’s help people get back to work for themselves and their families through support, job training and placement.”
“The Madison County Accountability Court will assist with job placement and skills training to ensure every participant has the chance to fulfill their obligations and take a positive step forward,” MCAC Chair Ann Callis said. “All too often we see dedicated parents lapse on their family obligations without assistance or understanding. We need to empower these individuals to develop the confidence and strength needed to set realistic goals for their families and fulfill their potential by getting them back to work.”
“Madison County’s Accountability Court will give participants the tools and knowledge they need to move forward and make positive changes through employment,” Bob Plummer said. “I strongly support this program and would encourage other local businesses to find a way to find a way to be supportive and involved.”
Members of the committee include:
- Goldenberg Heller Antognoli attorney Ann Callis, chair
- Madison County Chief Judge Dave Hylla
- R.P. Lumber President Robert Plummer
- First Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Mudge
- Madison County Chief of Child Support Division Stephanie King
- Madison County Employment & Training Executive Director David Stoecklin
- Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Managing Attorney Clarissa Gaff
- Lewis & Clark Community College Vice-President Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Chapman
- Lewis & Clark Community College Career & Veteran Services Director Terry Lane
- Southwestern Illinois Community College Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot
- Southwestern Illinois Community College Workforce Development Director Bill Gagen
- Goldenberg, Heller Antognoli attorney Nathaniel Carrol
- Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli attorney Omar Malik
Judge Maureen Schuette and Judge Sarah Smith will preside. For information, contact Ann Callis at firstname.lastname@example.org.