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Watchdogs searching for corruption across Illinois say they're finding it

Amanda Robert Feb. 2, 2017, 3:42pm

It’s obvious that Illinois faces a long list of problems – a history of public corruption, never-ending financial trouble and the continued exodus of people and businesses – but who or what is at fault is a little harder to understand.

Politics, case law complicate efforts to reform workers’ compensation law

Amanda Robert Nov. 15, 2016, 12:29pm

While Illinois business leaders and legal advocates continue to call for changes in their workers’ compensation system, they also admit that a few obstacles stand in the way of significant reform.

High costs of work comp driving business out of Illinois, experts say

Amanda Robert Oct. 25, 2016, 2:15pm

CHICAGO - For organizations that advocate on behalf of business in Illinois, there’s no question – the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to have dire consequences for the state and its economy.

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million

Amanda Robert Oct. 11, 2016, 10:32am

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million Workers’ compensation continues to be a contentious issue in Illinois, with many business leaders and legal advocates pushing for more reform.

Attorney: Judge would put Chicago Public Schools' bankruptcy on 'short leash'

Amanda Robert May 23, 2016, 4:59pm

“When circumstances are dire, and you’re running out of options, or you have no options left, it’s that process that brings everyone together, imposes discipline and creates a requirement as a practical matter, if not as a strict legal matter, that you get something done that solves the problem,” says bankruptcy attorney David Christian of Chicago.

Illinois lawmaker: Municipal bankruptcy may not be magic bullet but it's another 'tool in toolbox' for pension crisis

Amanda Robert Apr. 20, 2016, 8:49am

CHICAGO - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

Renewable energy advocates continue push for Clean Jobs Bill; Big provider wants low-emission nuclear in discussion

Amanda Robert Oct. 8, 2015, 3:41pm

The Illinois Citizens Utility Board says the Clean Jobs Bill will save utility customers at least $1 billion by 2030, and would translates into a minimum savings of $8 to $9 a month for each customer. Those claims, however, are vigorously disputed by various policy analysts.

Groups seek higher renewable energy standards; Analyst says costs will go up, jobs down

Amanda Robert Aug. 14, 2015, 7:32am

The next year could bring significant changes to the renewable energy industry in Illinois, as the legislature will likely consider a state measure to change the renewable portfolio standard as well as a federal mandate to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, released by the Obama administration last week.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

Amanda Robert Aug. 10, 2015, 7:01am

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Citizens Utility Board caught some development and policy experts off guard with its support of the potentially pricey Clean Jobs Bill earlier this year, Dan Proft of the Illinois Opportunity Project contends that he wasn’t surprised. “Sometimes they’ll tilt at windmills, figuratively and literally, if it means sticking it to ComEd,” he said.

Illinois fails to measure nonprofit spending, policy expert says

Amanda Robert Jun. 26, 2015, 11:20am

While the Illinois state government gives billions of dollars to nonprofit organizations over the course of an ordinary budget year, there is little oversight of how the organizations spend those dollars, says Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute. “They give that money with the best intentions, hoping it will help carry out some of the priorities they have deemed to be important,” Rasmussen said.

Illinois CUB fails to provide accurate info on Clean Jobs Bill, economic development consultant says

Amanda Robert Jun. 17, 2015, 9:29am

SPRINGFIELD - In recent months, the Illinois Citizens Utility Board (CUB) surprised economic development and policy experts like Mark Glennon by staunchly supporting the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill. Illinois Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) introduced the bill in February, with the intent to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable resources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs. The Clean Jobs Bill has stalled for now, but proponents have signaled it

Illinois CUB fails to provide accurate info on Clean Jobs Bill, economic development consultant says

Amanda Robert Jun. 17, 2015, 9:23am


Can workers’ compensation reforms keep Illinois competitive?

Amanda Robert Jun. 1, 2015, 8:07am


Causation standards are needed to fix Illinois' work comp system, policy experts say

Amanda Robert May 13, 2015, 7:25am


Policy experts line up in debate over right-to-work in Illinois

Amanda Robert May 5, 2015, 7:32am


Asbestos advocacy group seeks to derail transparency legislation; Simmons and other firms provide financial support for ADAO

Amanda Robert Mar. 17, 2015, 4:00pm

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which calls itself the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the country, is taking a lead in derailing legislation that would require asbestos bankruptcy trust to operate more transparently.

Asbestos researcher has close ties with plaintiffs' bar; Legal ethics professor says it's up to fact finders to determine propriety

Amanda Robert Feb. 25, 2015, 12:46pm


HIPAA 'not extraordinarily' protective of personal info, law professor says; Prosecutions rarely occur

Amanda Robert Feb. 18, 2015, 10:57am


‘Leading Lawyers’ honors Alton attorney, Record columnist Hopkins

Amanda Robert Jun. 13, 2013, 6:55am

HopkinsJohn Hopkins, the owner of John J. Hopkins & Associates in Alton and a frequent guest columnist for the Madison County Record, will soon join the league of southern Illinois attorneys featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine.Hopkins, who focuses his practice in medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home litigation and workers’ compensation, will appear in the magazine’s 2013 Consumer