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I-LAW: Darkness of litigation will last a lot longer than solar eclipse

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 5:27pm

Travis Akin, who heads the tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said he can't predict what litigation trends will emerge post- solar eclipse, but he believes that "darkness" created by "frivolous" lawsuits will last a lot longer than the two and a half minutes or so that southern Illinoisans - and others - will experience mid-day a week from today.

Foley trial continued to October

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 4:26pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp has continued today's trial setting for Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, who is accused of attacking Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser in Madison in March.

McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progressive tax system is real motivation

Ann Maher Aug. 10, 2017, 12:29pm

The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

Former Township worker claims she was fired for not selling fundraiser tickets; Plaintiff: 'Republican at worst or not a Democrat at best'

Ann Maher Aug. 7, 2017, 4:02pm

A former employee of Wood River Township claims she was wrongfully terminated for refusing to sell tickets to a political fundraiser prior to the municipal election earlier this year.

Wigginton enters guilty plea in DUI case

Ann Maher Aug. 7, 2017, 12:04pm

Former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and has surrendered his driver's, according to Madison County court documents filed in July.

Unclaimed property bill requires excess funds go towards curing pension debt

Ann Maher Jul. 20, 2017, 2:31pm

SPRINGFIELD - A provision of the omnibus budget bill that allows the Illinois treasurer to offset "actuarial reserve deficiencies" in the state's woefully under-funded pensions, faces criticism among business interests.

I-LAW highlights differences between 'Show Me' and 'Sue Me' states at presser

Ann Maher Jul. 13, 2017, 8:02pm

Add Teaser hereFor Belleville trucking operator Bill Frerichs, one of his biggest worries he says is what trial lawyers can do to his family's nearly 70-year-old business.

Madison County's 'litigious nature' cited by two insurance carriers who declined opportunity to cover

Ann Maher Jul. 11, 2017, 1:37pm

Madison County's "litigious nature" was cited by two insurers who declined to submit proposals for things like property and excess liability coverage as the county's annual renewal period approaches at month's end.

Trial set Aug. 14 in Prenzler attack case

Ann Maher Jul. 10, 2017, 2:40pm

A man accused of attacking Madison County board chairman Kurt Prenzler four months ago will face trial Aug. 14.

Should shooter have been allowed to retain FOID card?

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2017, 10:45am

The gunned down shooter from Belleville who on Wednesday brought the country to its knees possessed a valid Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card, authorities say.

Wife of former Edwardsville asbestos attorney unloads 'white guilt' at DePauw reunion

Ann Maher Jun. 15, 2017, 12:17pm

The wife of an Edwardsville attorney who built tremendous wealth from the Madison County asbestos docket recently addressed a 25th class reunion at DePauw University as a frustrated “white person” with feelings of guilt for not having lived a more “inclusive” life.

Rands appointed special prosecutor in Wigginton DUI; Former U.S. Attorney pleads not guilty

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2017, 5:39pm

Illinois appellate prosecutor David Rands has been appointed to handle DUI and related traffic charges against former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton who was arrested last month by Troy police.

Madison County owes $4 million in unfunded pension liabilities; It's also paid nearly that much in interest in 10 years

Ann Maher Jun. 9, 2017, 4:01pm

Madison County owes more than $4 million in unfunded pension liabilities, according to Treasurer Chris Slusser. But what may be worse, he said, is that $3.8 million in tax payer dollars has been spent on interest payments over the last 10 years because of the county’s underfunding of two programs.

Jurors award $15 million over birth defects due to mother's Depakote use

Ann Maher Jun. 9, 2017, 3:02pm

A federal court jury has awarded $15 million to a mother whose son was born with spina bifida due to her use of Depakote while pregnant.

Madison County court to fight opioid addiction among jail inmates with shared grant

Ann Maher Jun. 6, 2017, 12:16pm

The Madison County drug court will share in a $540,000 grant to start a “Behind the Walls” program to help combat opioid addiction in inmates at the Madison County Jail with the medication Vivitrol.

Report: Asbestos suits against Kaiser Gypsum dropped after bankruptcy, putting pressure on solvent companies

Ann Maher Jun. 5, 2017, 5:03pm

Report: Asbestos suits against Kaiser Gypsum dropped after bankruptcy, putting pressure on solvent companies

Yandle denies Treasurer's office motion for new trial in employee's ADA case

Ann Maher Jun. 5, 2017, 2:59pm

U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle has denied Madison County Treasurer's office motion for a new trial in a case brought by a former employee who was awarded more than $650,000 in damages in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit.

Unclaimed property bill affecting life insurance policies back to '96 passes; Not without criticism

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 4:42pm

A law requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996 has passed the Illinois General Assembly.

Robocalls targeting three local House districts with strong message against income tax hike

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 11:59am

A proposal increasing state income taxes by 32 percent that passed in the State Senate by Democrats only has inspired the state GOP to target certain House district with robocalls in advance of a possible vote.

Crash on Broadway in Highland subject of injury suit

Ann Maher May 23, 2017, 7:00pm

A crash two years ago at Broadway and Swallow in Highland is subject of a personal injury lawsuit filed May 19 in Madison County Circuit Court.