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Poll finds 47 percent of Illinois registered voters want to leave state

Dawn Geske Oct. 24, 2016, 4:23pm

CARBONDALE – A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows a large number of Illinoisans saying the would like to leave the state.

More protests planned by Illinois taxpayers looking for change

Dawn Geske Oct. 19, 2016, 1:06pm

More protests are being planned by Illinois taxpayers seeking some relief for the steep property taxes that are being faced with in the state.

Mudge seeks retention to second term; Longest-serving judge in state Matoesian also on ballot

Dawn Geske Oct. 11, 2016, 1:26pm

The Madison County Circuit Court will have both Circuit Court Judges William A. Mudge and Andy Matoesian coming up for retention on the November ballot.

St. Clair County Republicans establish voter integrity program

Dawn Geske Oct. 11, 2016, 7:40am

To protect the right of voters come election day - just four short weeks away - a voter integrity program has been developed in St. Clair County.

Liberty Justice Center backs Illinois citizens in state auditor general fight

Dawn Geske Oct. 6, 2016, 7:40am

CHICAGO – An Illinois citizen is taking action against the state’s auditor general in what he alleges is a violation of campaign disclosure laws.

Election Day voter registration blocked for November balloting in Illinois

Dawn Geske Oct. 3, 2016, 3:50pm

CHICAGO – Election Day voter registration this November has been blocked in Illinois by a federal judge.

Documentary on House Speaker Michael J. Madigan out this month

Dawn Geske Oct. 3, 2016, 3:03pm

CHICAGO – A documentary detailing the life of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan is scheduled for release this month.

Prenzler questions whether county IMRF members are putting in 600 hours

Dawn Geske Sep. 8, 2016, 7:50am

Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler doubts whether all county board members currently enrolled in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) are putting in the necessary hours for eligibility in the pension fund.

Some lawsuit lenders are voluntarily registering under Consumer Installment Loan Act

Dawn Geske Sep. 6, 2016, 7:47am

While Illinois legislators haven't been able to agree on how to regulate the lawsuit lending industry, some companies conducting business in the state have turned to a voluntary registration program before legislation requires they do so.

St. Clair County judicial candidates continue drug testing debate; Baricevic releases test results

Dawn Geske Sep. 2, 2016, 4:14pm

With approximately two and a half months until election day, the issue of judge drug testing remains a hot button topic between candidates for circuit judge in St. Clair County - Chief Judge John Baricevic, a Democrat, and Belleville attorney Ron Duebbert, a Republican.

Lewis Rice opens law firm dedicated to affordable estate planning

Dawn Geske Sep. 1, 2016, 11:35am

ST. LOUIS – Lewis Rice has opened a new law firm in the St. Louis region to serve the estate planning market at an affordable rate.

Best Lawyers recognizes 23 Sandberg Phoenix attorneys

Dawn Geske Aug. 30, 2016, 1:12pm

A total of 23 lawyers from an Illinois- and Missouri-based law firm have been named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America list.

Elimination of license plate renewal reminders costs residents $9.5 million in late fees

Dawn Geske Aug. 19, 2016, 7:42am

Courtesy of lawmakers' stopgap budget deal reached June 30, Illinois residents will again begin to receive license plate renewal notices following a period of no reminders and plenty of late fees.

Report: Illinois government employees seek too much in union negotiations

Dawn Geske Aug. 18, 2016, 12:35pm

Though the state may be able to handle a government worker strike come Sept. 1, the real loss will come to American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) members as they will lose wages and other benefits, cautions the Illinois Policy Institute in a new report.

Candidates running for judge in St. Clair County spar over public positions on drug testing

Dawn Geske Aug. 16, 2016, 6:51pm

It's been three years since the St Clair County Courthouse was shaken by a drug scandal - leaving one judge dead from a cocaine overdose, another in prison for heroin possession and a probation officer pleading guilty to supplying the judges with illegal drugs - but the issue of drug testing has been revived for two candidates in the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Study shows $17.1 million spent on government lawsuits in Madison, St. Clair counties

Dawn Geske Aug. 16, 2016, 6:34am

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch has released a study showing that Madison and St. Clair counties, as frequent litigation targets, have incurred $17.1 million in costs in a four year period.

Lawsuits mounting against Monsanto over alleged cancer-causing ingredients in Roundup

Dawn Geske Aug. 7, 2016, 10:37pm

Several law firms in Illinois are mounting claims against a multinational agrochemical manufacturer, alleging one of the components in its herbicide product causes cancer.

Dunstan and Prenzler battle moves from one controversy to another

Dawn Geske Jul. 27, 2016, 1:29pm

While the recent adoption of a more transparent purchasing policy may have muted one fierce battle between the two politicians vying for the top leadership position in Madison County, another one is just getting started.

Study indicates state judges show partisanship; pressures go away during last term of office, report says

Dawn Geske Jul. 20, 2016, 3:23pm

WASHINGTON  – A group of independent researchers have published a study that looks at the relationship between state judges and partisan decisions and concluded that judges are systematically biased.

Task force finds problem of rising court costs

Dawn Geske Jul. 20, 2016, 7:47am

A new report shows that court costs have escalated across the state, creating a burden on residents that use the systems.