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Supreme Court finds 6-person jury law unconstitutional

Ann Maher Sep. 26, 2016, 1:55pm

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously found that a statute signed into law by former Gov. Pat Quinn which limited jurors in civil trials from 12 to six is unconstitutional.

Report shows Gori firm files most asbestos cases in Madison County and nationwide

Ann Maher Sep. 21, 2016, 2:40pm

Madison County's asbestos court remains the most active docket in the country, according to mid-year figures compiled by Washington-based consulting firm KCIC.

Cahokia activists seek to restore what they claim is missing from local government: law and order

Ann Maher Sep. 20, 2016, 1:17pm

Political dissent Cahokia-style can be costly.

Karmeier elected next chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court

Ann Maher Sep. 19, 2016, 11:32am

SPRINGFIELD – Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be the next chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, following a unanimous election by fellow justices.

Take home pay of Madison County officials is four times higher than average worker, thanks to current salaries and pension payments

Ann Maher Sep. 9, 2016, 7:26am

Four county officials and a state senator from Madison County combined earn close to $1 million annually in current salary and pension payments, all funded by taxpayers.

Appellate court reverses St. Clair County auto accident verdict in favor of defendant

Ann Maher Sep. 6, 2016, 4:04pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court has reversed the judgment of a St. Clair County jury and ordered a new trial for an auto mechanic injured in a rear-end accident in 2013.

ICJL report 'Justice for Sale' shows trial lawyer contributions topped $35 million in 15 years

Ann Maher Sep. 6, 2016, 11:36am

A new study published by the Illinois Civil Justice League shows that campaign contributions from trial lawyers to Illinois politicians and judges topped $35.25 million during the past 15 years.

Injured worker's case settles in St. Clair County with jury apportioning blame

Ann Maher Sep. 5, 2016, 9:32am

A personal injury case at trial in St. Clair County last week settled on Sept. 1, with jurors apportioning blame among several defendants.

Challenge to St. Clair County judges' candidacies expected at Supreme Court; Judges have Madigan lawyer on their side

Ann Maher Aug. 30, 2016, 9:31am

Not too many Chicago attorneys enjoy household name recognition in the Metro-East, but one connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J.

Illinois work comp needs reform, critics say; Bloated government is ‘hindrance to progress, trade and prosperity’

Ann Maher Aug. 29, 2016, 3:43pm

Critics of bloated state government point to the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission (IWCC) as a prime example of inefficiency.

Supporters of Independent Map Amendment blast decision

Ann Maher Aug. 26, 2016, 5:11pm

Supporters of the Independent Map Amendment are blasting Thursday's Supreme Court ruling which keeps the design of legislative maps in the hands of politicians.

Supreme Court to hear appeals in rigged tax sales case and railroad verdict reversal next month

Ann Maher Aug. 24, 2016, 11:46am

Oral arguments set for the Illinois Supreme Court's September term include two major civil cases out of the Metro-East.

St. Clair County jurors award $9.4 million to worker injured at Prairie State Energy

Ann Maher Aug. 22, 2016, 7:11am

St. Clair County jurors last week awarded $9.4 million to a worker injured six years ago at the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa.

Beiser sitting on half million campaign chest; Challenger Babcock getting GOP support

Ann Maher Aug. 16, 2016, 3:39pm

With more than $500,000 at the disposal of Democrat lawmaker Dan Beiser of Alton, the race for the 111th House District figures to be one of the more competitive legislative races statewide this fall.

Fifth District rules for tenured SIUE professor in maintaining libel, slander suit in Madison County circuit court

Ann Maher Aug. 16, 2016, 11:46am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled in favor of a tenured Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professor who claims former colleagues made false allegations of sexual misconduct outside their official duties to ruin her reputation and mentally harm her.

Local bar beginning its funding of judicial candidates

Ann Maher Aug. 15, 2016, 5:02pm

The local bar is signaling a willingness to finance controversial campaigns in St. Clair County that, if successful, will alter the process of electing judges throughout the state.

Allergan and others will appeal Yandle's eye drop certification order

Ann Maher Aug. 8, 2016, 4:03pm

Manufacturers of eye care solution will appeal a class certification order that U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle entered July 25 on behalf of glaucoma patients who claim eye droppers waste fluid.

Baricevic affirmed in sentencing 16-year-old as adult in Belleville armed robbery

Ann Maher Aug. 8, 2016, 2:11pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Judge John Baricevic who denied the post conviction petition of a 16-year-old sentenced as an adult to 15 years in prison for a Belleville armed robbery.

Granite City wants judge to continue trial in trip and fall case

Ann Maher Jul. 29, 2016, 1:00pm

The City of Granite City seeks to continue a November trial setting in a sidewalk trip and fall case.

Ameren and JF Electric respond to power pole collapse suit

Ann Maher Jul. 29, 2016, 1:00pm

Ameren Illinois denies negligence in a woman's suit claiming a power pole collapsed on her vehicle while she was operating it in Vandalia last year.