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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.


Granite City not liable for dog bite suffered by missing woman during search and rescue mission

Ann Maher Apr. 7, 2016, 2:07pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court has sided with a Granite City police dog, whose search and rescue efforts entangled him in a Madison County personal injury suit.


I-LAW hosts lawsuit reform rally in Springfield; ITLA responds that lawsuit abuse is not a problem

Ann Maher Apr. 6, 2016, 6:35pm

Legal reform supporters gathered in Springfield today to lobby legislators in support of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to stop "venue shopping."


Judges say Cook's ballot challenge is moot post-primary; Oral arguments tentatively set June 7

Ann Maher Apr. 6, 2016, 10:02am

An attorney defending three St. Clair County judges from a challenge to their candidacies says the case is moot because the primary election has already come and gone.


Former SIUE chancellor among highest paid SURS' beneficiaries

Ann Maher Apr. 4, 2016, 1:11pm

Former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville chancellor David Werner is among the highest paid beneficiaries of a state pension system that has $22.4 billion in unfunded liability.


TUA: Illinois taxpayers pay exponentially more than 'multi-millionaire pensioners' into SERS

Ann Maher Mar. 29, 2016, 8:06am

For every dollar that an employee enrolled in the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) pays into their own retirement fund, taxpayers are forced to pay $6.78, according to analysis conducted by a taxpayers' watchdog group.


Voter turnout in St. Clair County nearly double from '12; Increases benefit both sides in local judicial races

Ann Maher Mar. 16, 2016, 10:09am

Voter turnout in St. Clair County yesterday was almost double what it was in the 2012 presidential primary, up from 19 to 37 percent.


Shimkus wins Republican nomination in 15th Congressional District

Ann Maher Mar. 15, 2016, 10:27pm

Congressman John Shimkus of Collinsville has fended off a challenge from rival State Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon to win the Republican nomination in the 15th Congressional District. No Democrat candidates sought their party's nomination, meaning Shimkus will likely be unopposed in the November general election and coast to an 11th term in office.


St. Clair County jurors rule for State Farm in fire claim suit; Plaintiff had sought to 'teach industry a lesson'

Ann Maher Mar. 14, 2016, 2:36pm

St. Clair County jurors found in favor of State Farm Insurance Friday night in a fraud lawsuit brought by Belleville building owner Ronnie Phillips.


At trial: Belleville building owner's suit against State Farm seeking additional payment on fire claim

Ann Maher Mar. 10, 2016, 12:48pm

The owner of a downtown Belleville building that burned to the ground in May 2010 is arguing at trial that he should be paid an additional $1.6 million for property loss and $1.64 in punitive damages from State Farm Insurance Co.


Haine and Haida among top IMRF beneficiaries in state; Though adequately funded, critic says pension system 'just as efficient at stealing taxpayer wealth'

Ann Maher Mar. 9, 2016, 8:51am

The top Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) beneficiaries in Madison and St. Clair counties are among the state's highest paid. And both of them - a lawmaker and a judge - are accruing benefits in other pension systems that will provide even more tax payer-supported income for life when they retire a second time.


Madison County jury finds for defendants in softball player's injury case

Ann Maher Mar. 4, 2016, 3:42pm

Madison County jurors on Wednesday found in favor of a softball tournament organizer who was sued more than seven years ago by a player who got hurt while covering first base.


Taxpayers' advocate trounces Illinois Teachers Retirement System: 'Nothing compares to its fraud, waste and abuse'

Ann Maher Mar. 3, 2016, 12:41pm

Former O'Fallon Township High School Superintendent Russell Clover who earns $185,465 in retirement is among the highest paid beneficiaries of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), according to the Taxpayers United of America (TUA).


A tale of two judicial evaluations: ICJL pans three St. Clair County judges with 'not recommended' ratings

Ann Maher Mar. 3, 2016, 9:48am

Voters in the five-county Twentieth Judicial Circuit have another judicial candidate scorecard to consider - one that runs counter to a poll released last week by the state bar organization.


AFP Illinois says voters should reject Cahokia annexation plan; Affected property owners would pay 38 percent more in taxes

Ann Maher Mar. 2, 2016, 4:32pm

A national organization that seeks to promote limited government, lower taxes and more freedom has weighed in on an upcoming ballot initiative in the small, yet lately controversial, village of Cahokia.


All but one appellate court candidates rated 'highly qualified'; Barberis says panelist who interviewed him was an official he didn't re-appoint

Ann Maher Mar. 1, 2016, 12:08pm

Three of four judicial candidates seeking a seat at the Fifth District Appellate Court have been rated highly qualified by evaluators at the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).


First base and running lane did not comply with ASA rules, injured player argues at trial in Matoesian's court

Ann Maher Mar. 1, 2016, 7:48am

Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian is presiding over trial involving a softball player's alleged injuries at a Staunton tournament in August 2007.