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Madigan motion to dissolve worker pay by end of month denied by LeChien

The Madison County Record Feb. 16, 2017, 5:25pm

St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Robert LeChien has denied a motion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan to dissolve an injunction that has sustained the state payroll for 20 months.

IMA: Budget must address pension obligations, work comp reform, tax code

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 3:02pm

The IMA believes a final budget solution must address the root of the state's problems with structural reforms addressing our pension obligations and debt while restoring fiscal discipline and enacting real reforms that will create a vibrant business climate by attracting jobs and investments

Rauner missed opportunity in budget address

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 2:51pm

In his budget address today, Gov. Bruce Rauner once again called for changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system, but missed an opportunity to spotlight the real problem with that system: insurance company profiteering.

Special prosecutor's cases have included bargained down charges in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 7:05am

A review of St. Clair County cases handled by special prosecutor David Rands shows that he has bargained charges of driving under the influence down to trivial traffic tickets.

This is one fever we'd like to catch

The Madison County Record Feb. 14, 2017, 7:11am

Sometimes a fever's a good thing, a natural, therapeutic response to disease. Our state is sick and could use a cleansing fever.

After litigating divorce settlement for more than a decade, imprisoned Gary Peel loses appeal

The Madison County Record Feb. 13, 2017, 5:37pm

Former lawyer Gary Peel, who failed in blackmailing former wife Deborah J. Peel, failed in litigating against her from prison for 10 years.

New Trier High School avoids diversity like the plague

The Madison County Record Feb. 8, 2017, 9:48am

It should be obvious that it’s not ideological diversity that we find in government schools today. It’s ideological incest committed by leftists. And the kind of de facto censorship of conservative ideas that is corrupting New Trier’s All-School Seminar Day is what transmogrifies education into indoctrination.

John Cullerton feeds the rumor mill to deflect blame for his failures

The Madison County Record Feb. 8, 2017, 7:00am

Rumor has it that State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is “frustrated” with the current Illinois budget crisis and is contemplating retirement.

Sprague’s record in St. Clair Co. ballot battles shows three straight wins

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 5:42pm

St. Clair County Democrat party chairman Robert Sprague has won three straight ballot battles as counsel for candidates at the courthouse.  

Special prosecutors often get tapped to handle politically sensitive matters

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 5:24pm

A constant critic of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black will stand trial for threatening a public official beginning Friday, Feb. 17 before St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley.

Madison County Board member pays tribute to firefighters

The Madison County Record Feb. 7, 2017, 2:26pm

On behalf of Madison County District 16, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never met a firefighter that I did not like. You all are truly the best of us.

Five convicted of East St. Louis vote fraud in ’05 worked for campaigns in ‘16

The Madison County Record Feb. 1, 2017, 7:57am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Five persons who bought votes in 2004 received $12,350 as campaign workers last year.  The St. Clair County central Democratic committee paid $2,000 to Charles Powell Jr., who led local meetings about buying votes in 2004.  

Washington Park mayor claims removal from electoral board motivated by desire to control April election

The Madison County Record Jan. 31, 2017, 5:44pm

Washington Park Mayor Ann Rodgers claims St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida and county Democrat chairman Robert Sprague kicked her off the village’s electoral board in order to control the April 4 election.

Josh Evans joins Unsell and Schuman as partner; Expands firm to Jerseyville

The Madison County Record Jan. 31, 2017, 9:27am

Attorney Josh Evans joined The Law Offices of Unsell and Schuman as a partner at the beginning of this year.

Lisa Madigan still trying to stiff state workers

The Madison County Record Jan. 31, 2017, 6:50am

“Why has she stood silently by each year in office as [the] General Assembly passed unconstitutional budgets for 12 years?” That's the question Illinois State Representative Grant Wehrli tweeted last Saturday in response to AG Lisa Madigan's filing of a motion in St. Clair County Circuit Court two days earlier to strip state workers of their pay pending resolution of a contract dispute.

Madigan's move to force budget resolution digs at LeChien for undermining legislative process

The Madison County Record Jan. 30, 2017, 4:28pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan pleads that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien undermined the Illinois Constitution when he ordered the comptroller to continue paying state employees at normal rates.

Breese motorist sues delivery service following collision

The Madison County Record Jan. 27, 2017, 10:29am

EAST ST. LOUIS – A Breese motorist is suing a delivery service after one of its drivers allegedly caused a collision.

Former Pontoon Beach water district supervisor indicted on embezzlement charges

The Madison County Record Jan. 25, 2017, 5:26pm

Grand jurors in East St. Louis federal court indicted former Pontoon Beach water district supervisor Brian Buske on Jan. 18, alleging he abused the district’s credit card and stole cash and checks on his way to the bank. 

Illinois Policy Institute: Time for bold solutions in Illinois

The Madison County Record Jan. 25, 2017, 1:09pm

It is time for courage. It is time for bold solutions. It is time to put the people first, not the special interests, not the privileged, not the powerful.

Duebbert search warrants moved quickly to public record in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Jan. 24, 2017, 2:44pm

Among 39 St. Clair County search warrants that changed from confidential to public record between Dec. 20 and Jan. 17, two that pertained to Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert changed the quickest. And on the day a court clerk stamped those two as open records on Jan. 12, the contents of Duebbert’s warrants were the subject of a local news article at 5:25 p.m.