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Panel could decide property tax cut ballot access by July 1; 'Trust but verify' remark leads to spirited exchange

Ann Maher Jun. 24, 2016, 4:13pm

A Madison County panel will decide no earlier than July 1 whether a property tax reduction question will go to voters in November.

Analysis: Local tax bills would likely double if pension debt were satisfied

Ann Maher Jun. 22, 2016, 1:44pm

Two hundred twenty local governments in Madison County spent a collective $1.047 billion last year, or 21 percent of the county’s equalized assessed valuation (EAV), what the assessor says all real estate in the county is worth.

Property tax cut proposal: Clerk's review of thousands of signatures results in 1,900 potential strikes

Ann Maher Jun. 21, 2016, 8:40pm

Objectors trying to prevent a property tax cut referendum from getting on the November ballot are bolstered by a finding of the Madison County Clerk's office indicating their petition challenge could be successful by a margin of 19 signatures, or 0.2 percent.

End of the road for Price v. Philip Morris

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 11:41am

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined attorney Stephen Tillery's petition for review in the 15-year-old Price v. Philip Morris case.

Plaintiff withdraws motion for default judgment in case against Insta-Credit Auto Mart

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 11:05am

A motion for default judgment against Insta-Credit Auto Mart has been withdrawn by a customer suing over alleged warranty and repair issues, and over possession of the truck.

Norfolk Southern argues drive in fatal collision was under influence; Defendants also seek to transfer out of Madison Co.

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 10:33am

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is seeking to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a couple whose son was killed at a railroad crossing in February 2014 in Macoupin County.

Suit against Bubby and Sissy's in court June 24

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 10:33am

The plaintiff in a suit against Alton tavern Bubby and Sissy's claims the bar has failed to timely respond to discovery requests.

Law firm moves to dismiss former associate's legal fee suit

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 10:05am

Roth Law in Granite City will argue to dismiss a fee dispute suit brought by its former associate attorney Deborah Besserman on June 24 in Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder's court.

Lighting company's case against sign installer over unpaid invoices in court

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 10:05am

Status conference is set in a lighting company's pursuit of more than $100,000 in unpaid invoices for materials provided to a commercial sign installer which filed bankruptcy last year.

Electoral board hearing challenge to Madison County tax cut proposal reconvenes Friday

Ann Maher Jun. 17, 2016, 8:59am

A Madison County electoral board will reconvene at 9 a.m.

Barberis upheld by Fifth District in underinsured motorist dispute; Farmers Insurance ordered to pay $75K

Ann Maher Jun. 15, 2016, 8:37am

An order by Madison County Circuit Judge John Barberis requiring Farmers Automobile Insurance to pay $75,000 in underinsured motorist coverage to a girl struck by a rural postal worker's vehicle has been upheld by the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Schnuck's says customer injured at East St. Louis store should have case heard in St. Clair Co.

Ann Maher Jun. 10, 2016, 2:34pm

Story CopySchnuck Markets will argue its motion to dismiss a personal injury suit based on forum non conveniens in Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge's court at 1 p.m.

Fast Eddie's trip and fall suit in Mudge's court June 16

Ann Maher Jun. 10, 2016, 12:55pm

A personal injury suit against Fast Eddie's bar and restaurant in Alton is docketed in Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge's court June 16 on plaintiffs' pending motions to compel production of discovery documents.

Only grandparents may provide transportation for boy during visits with father, appellate court rules

Ann Maher Jun. 10, 2016, 12:54pm

A St. Clair County man who appealed a court order requiring his parents to provide all transportation for his son during supervised weekend and summer visitation has been denied at the Fifth District.

Fifth District denies appeal as moot in challenge to mandatory supervised release term

Ann Maher Jun. 10, 2016, 12:54pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court has dismissed as moot an appeal from a man who was challenging the length of his mandatory supervised release (MSR) in an aggravated criminal sexual abuse case.

Madison County electoral board orders review of nearly 10,000 pro- tax cut signatures

Ann Maher Jun. 8, 2016, 9:11am

In a split 2-1 decision, a Madison County electoral board ruled Tuesday that it would review all 9,900 signatures on petitions seeking to place a property tax reduction referendum on the November ballot.

Fee dispute between former Lakin law partners settled at Fifth District

Ann Maher Jun. 6, 2016, 3:36pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld an award of attorneys' fees favoring SL Chapman of St. Louis arising from a 2007 Jones Act suit against Beelman River Terminals.

Challenge to St. Clair County judges' candidacies to be argued next week at appellate court

Ann Maher Jun. 3, 2016, 10:20am

At issue is whether the judges have the option of running for election over retention. The three judges resigned last August, effective this Dec. 4, creating vacancies they intend to fill through partisan competition in the fall.

Builder of luxury home owned by asbestos attorney says mold suit is 'frivolous'

Ann Maher Jun. 3, 2016, 10:08am

Story CopyThe builder of a custom, luxury home currently owned by asbestos attorney Christopher Guinn and his wife, says a lawsuit blaming him for water infiltration is "frivolous."

Trial continued in contractor's case against concrete suppliers

Ann Maher Jun. 3, 2016, 10:01am

Story CopyA trial that had been set to begin June 6 in Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian's court involving a dispute over allegedly faulty concrete will be continued.