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Former judge Stack is panelist at Mass Torts Made Perfect conference

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2016, 6:25am

Former Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack earlier this month was a panelist at the Mass Torts Made Perfect conference in Las Vegas, one of the largest gathering of plaintiff attorneys in the world.

Holbrook: St. Clair Co. voting machines operating properly; Says complaints of 'R' votes turning 'D' are false

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2016, 5:55am

St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook said that in spite of a few complaints of Republican votes turning into Democrat ones at voting machines at the county administration building, all are functioning properly.

Asbestos attorney-funded PAC spends half million in media buy against Republican appellate candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 23, 2016, 12:10pm

A campaign committee created to oppose Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court spent a half million dollars on Friday for broadcast and digital media.

Big money coming from asbestos attorneys to oppose Republican appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 21, 2016, 10:40am

Democrat candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court are getting big help from the asbestos trial bar.

Nearly half of Dunstan's campaign cash is from asbestos bar; Five years ago chairman called for inquiry into Crowder's contributions

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2016, 12:30pm

Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan has received more than $90,000 this year in campaign contributions from asbestos attorneys - yet five years ago he called for an investigation of Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder when it was learned that she had accepted $30,000 from the same group.

Recorder of Deeds challenger seeks to unseat long-time office holder Costello

Ann Maher Oct. 19, 2016, 9:59am

A challenger seeking to unseat long-serving St. Clair County Recorder of Deeds Michael Costello believes heading the office that pays a handsome $98,776 salary requires more dedication than it currently receives.

Tradition of county jail inmate voting continues in St. Clair County; But officials say votes of convicted felons in prison are not counted

Ann Maher Oct. 18, 2016, 4:03pm

Will votes of convicted felons who requested ballots from the confines of the St. Clair County jail be counted on Nov. 8?

Fifth District candidates Moore and Weber respond to ICJL questionnaire

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 12:35pm

Fifth District Appellate Court candidates answered a number of questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms. And while both Justice James R.

Answers to ICJL questionnaire points to differences among appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 9:28am

All appellate court candidates running in the state's Fifth District answered questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms and what, if any, changes they'd like to see.

Randolph County resident judge seeking retention; Brown says nothing wrong with others opting for election

Ann Maher Oct. 14, 2016, 4:39pm

Not all elected judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit with terms ending this December have taken the unusual step of resigning in advance so they could seek election to self-created vacancies in the upcoming election.

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.