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'Lightspeed' attorney Steele hit with another sanction in Herndon's federal court

Ann Maher Nov. 29, 2016, 2:33pm

U.S. District Judge David Herndon hammered Chicago plaintiff attorney John Steele with a $47,171.76 civil contempt sanction last week to compensate a defendant targeted in an "exploitive" lawsuit.

Illinois Supreme Court won't take up Union Pacific's challenge to St. Clair County forum

Ann Maher Nov. 29, 2016, 10:52am

The state's high court has denied Union Pacific's petition for leave to appeal a forum decision arising from a St. Clair County railroad injury case.

Madison County 'light' cigarette case hangs on in spite of demise of Price v. Philip Morris

Ann Maher Nov. 28, 2016, 3:37pm

An 11-year-old "light" cigarette lawsuit containing similar allegations as Madison County's most notable class action - Price v. Philip Morris - has been continued an 11th time since a judge ordered the plaintiff to explain why it should not be dismissed for want of prosecution.

As Fifth District gets reshaped, so too will lower courts in Third and First Judicial Circuits

Ann Maher Nov. 21, 2016, 9:05pm

The election of Judges John Barberis, 49, and James "Randy" Moore, 63, to the Fifth District Appellate Court ushers in relative youth to a bench where the average age is 68.2 years.

Randolph County jurors side with defense in fatal accident case; Plaintiff had sought $1 million

Ann Maher Nov. 15, 2016, 3:28pm

Randolph County jurors returned a defense verdict Oct. 21 following a week-long trial over the auto accident death of an 81-year-old man six years ago in Chester.

ICJL: Voters expect independence in their judges, as seen in rejection of candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:46pm

Candidates who benefited from trial lawyer largesse in Fifth District Appellate Court races "forfeited their ability to win," according to Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) President John Pastuovic.

Prenzler says that new administration will focus on 'better ethics' and tax cuts

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 10:41am

Madison County Board Chairman-elect Kurt Prenzler attributes his win Tuesday to running a "very positive" campaign and connecting with voters on a property tax cut referendum, which they overwhelmingly approved.

Duebbert tops chief Judge Baricevic in Twentieth Judicial Circuit race

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 2:38am

Republican Ron Duebbert has been elected circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, defeating Democrat incumbent, Chief Judge John Baricevic.

Barberis and Moore appear headed to victory in Fifth District Appellate Court races

Ann Maher Nov. 9, 2016, 12:22am

With 87 percent of precincts reporting in the Fifth Judicial District, Republican appellate court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore appear to have won their races.

Prenzler wins Madison County chairmanship

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:50pm

In a squeaker of a race, Republican Kurt Prenzler beat Democrat Alan Dunstan for chairmanship of Madison County government.

Last minute attack against Mudge and Matoesian is mystery to local political observers

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 3:29pm

Last minute campaign attacks against Madison County Circuit Judges Bill Mudge and Andy Matoesian appear to have originated with Washington, D.C.-based Our Generation, a non-profit, non-partisan group promoting "long-term, free market solutions to today's public policy concerns."

Lawyer-funded PAC running negative campaign against Barberis, Moore finishes out with robo calls

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:30am

Attacks against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court finished recently with negative robo calls, reminiscent of the well-funded, 11th hour targeting of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2014. .

Asbestos lawyer-funded PAC using 'underhanded' tactics with negative campaign flyers, critics say

Ann Maher Nov. 4, 2016, 12:00pm

Campaign advertising that depicts Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore as judicial "activists" in flyers sent to Republican households and as "judicial bobbleheads for Bruce Rauner" in flyers sent to Democratic households have infuriated supporters of the judges.

Mother of drug death victim 'begged' court for help with daughter's heroin addiction

Ann Maher Nov. 2, 2016, 1:23pm

Chris Keel of State Park continues to mourn the loss of her 20-year-old daughter Jennifer Herling more than four years ago in September 2012.

Karmeier sworn-in as Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court

Ann Maher Nov. 2, 2016, 7:08am

SPRINGFIELD – Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier was installed Monday as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, becoming the state's 120th chief justice. 

Drug testing, public confidence and retention question remain issues in judicial races in St. Clair County

Ann Maher Nov. 1, 2016, 6:02pm

More than three years since the exposure of illegal drug use by St. Clair County judges and a probation officer, the high profile scandal remains a prominent issue in the election of local judges this year.

ICJL rejects candidates benefiting from trial lawyer-funded attack ads; Denounces candidacies of St. Clair Co. judges ‘gaming system’

Ann Maher Oct. 31, 2016, 8:34am

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) is denouncing a $1 million negative ad campaign financed by trial lawyers who litigate in the Metro East by issuing a “not recommended” rating of the judicial candidates who benefit from the attacks.

Barberis says public sees through asbestos lawyers' million dollar negative campaign

Ann Maher Oct. 28, 2016, 3:59pm

As more money continues to pour into a group running attack ads against southern Illinois Republican appellate court candidates, one of those targets said he believes the public will draw specific conclusions from the effort.

Court reporters, Texas asbestos lawyers among contributors to group running attack ads against Illinois judges

Ann Maher Oct. 27, 2016, 5:01pm

Nearly $1 million has been raised by a group running attack ads against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court this week, and among the contributors are court reporters and Texas attorneys who specialize in asbestos litigation. 

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.