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First Clover Leaf stockholders claim $90 million deal is inadequate; Class action filed in Madison County

Ann Maher May 26, 2016, 12:07pm

Stockholders of Edwardsville-based First Clover Leaf Bank have filed a proposed class action against the company's board of directors over their recent decision to be acquired by Mattoon-based First Mid-Illinois.

Ford's personal jurisdiction appeal in Madison County asbestos case will go to Fifth District; Supreme Court orders it so

Ann Maher May 26, 2016, 10:06am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has been ordered to hear Ford Motor Co.'s appeal on whether Madison County has personal jurisdiction over the Michigan-based auto maker in an asbestos case brought by Florida plaintiffs.

High court agrees to hear Union Pacific's 'sole cause' defense appeal; Fifth District had overturned verdict for railroad

Ann Maher May 25, 2016, 2:03pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Union Pacific Railroad which seeks relief from an appellate court ruling that reversed a jury verdict in its favor.

Supreme Court hands down discipline to two area attorneys

Ann Maher May 25, 2016, 7:52am

The Illinois Supreme Court on May 18 imposed sanctions on two area attorneys for misconduct that included concealing the death of a clent and selling marijuana.

‘Blue collar tax referendum’ shaping into partisan battle; Contest for Madison County governance driving debate

Ann Maher May 24, 2016, 4:43pm

A proposal to cut Madison County property taxes has become a clearly partisan issue with both sides now gearing up for a challenge to the “blue collar tax referendum.” Attorneys representing thousands of registered voters who want the referendum to appear on the November ballot argue that their opponents are lying when they say the measure would result in a reduction in funding for law enforcement.

Trial bar contributions factor big in Democratic challenge to first term Congressman Bost

Ann Maher May 23, 2016, 4:16pm

Asbestos, mass tort and personal injury attorneys near and far factored heavily in Democrat C.J.

Admin applicant claiming she was passed over by Wood River in court this week

Ann Maher May 23, 2016, 8:31am

A woman who has fought two years to retain employment with the city of Wood River will have her case heard in Madison County circuit court this week.

Kay takes swipe at opponent for initial support of controversial SB 231

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 6:20pm

A controversial education funding bill that critics say is a $205 million bailout for the Chicago public school pension fund would shortchange metro-east school districts by $10 million.

Granite City denied summary judgment in pedestrian’s injury suit; Settlement follows

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 3:08pm

One month after Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge denied the city of Granite City’s second motion for summary judgment in a pedestrian’s personal injury case, the parties announced settlement.

Mudge dismisses retaliatory termination suit against Walmart

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 2:10pm

A former Wal-Mart bakery worker’s retaliatory termination lawsuit was dismissed by Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge on April 25.

Alton couple’s sewage backup suit against city settles; City had argued 'Act of God' defense

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 12:41pm

An Alton couple’s lawsuit against the city over sewage flooding into their basement has reached a settlement.

Defendant in bar fight suits settles two claims for $3K

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 11:33am

A defendant accused of punching two men in the face without provocation nearly three years ago at a Godfrey tavern is settling the claims against him.

Wood River woman’s benzene case in court next week

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 10:44am

Following a year of continuances, a Wood River woman’s 2012 benzene lawsuit is up for case management on May 25 in Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth’s court.

Ruth again rules against Maag in proposed FOID fee class action

Ann Maher May 20, 2016, 9:33am

Maag represents Gary Patrick Sterr, who seeks to lead a class of Illinoisans who claim they were charged $1 more than state statute allows when they applied for a firearm owner identification card (FOID).

'Farmer's' advice to lawmakers: if you can't stop spending, become a private citizen

Ann Maher May 10, 2016, 3:18pm

Loren Klaus, 88, of Glen Carbon has sage advice for elected officials grappling with the state's fiscal crisis: When you don't have enough money to pay for things, you have to cut.

Collinsville city councilwoman sues city and political rivals over disclosures to media

Ann Maher May 4, 2016, 10:16am

Collinsville councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich is suing political opponents saying they produced documents about her personal use of a city credit card while she served as city clerk and provided them to a newspaper reporter with the intention of intimidating her from taking office after she was elected last year.

Jurors reach defense verdict in conductor's case against Alton and Southern Railway

Ann Maher May 2, 2016, 2:59pm

St. Clair County jurors returned a verdict for Alton and Southern Railway last week in a trial involving a railroad conductor's personal injury suit.

Candidates for Fifth District and Twentieth Judicial raise mostly modest sums in first quarter

Ann Maher Apr. 20, 2016, 11:02am

First quarter fund-raising by candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court was most active in Judge Brad Bleyer's campaign, according to records from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Former conductor's personal injury case against Alton and Southern goes to trial in St. Clair County

Ann Maher Apr. 19, 2016, 2:45pm

Jurors were being picked in St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson's court Tuesday for a trial involving a railroad conductor's personal injury case against Alton and Southern Railway.

Judges' ballot access is a question 'ripe' for adjudication, brief says

Ann Maher Apr. 18, 2016, 3:43pm

Whether three St. Clair County circuit judges have the option of running for election over retention is "still very much alive" and a question that is ripe for adjudication, according to a reply brief filed Friday at the Fourth District Appellate Court.