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Policy think tank: Illinois should learn from Michigan to reverse manufacturing job losses

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 23, 2016, 7:00am

CHICAGO – Illinois lost 22,000 workers in August, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reports.

I-LAW: Lawmakers need to enact reasonable lawsuit lending bill

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 22, 2016, 6:28am

SPRINGFIELD — With powerful lobbyists on both sides of the issue, lawmakers in several states, including Illinois, continue to grapple with the question of how to regulate a growing industry linked to consumer litigation. But a new law in Vermont shows it can be done.

Plaintiffs in bid rigging class action react positively to Fifth District decision

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 16, 2016, 7:38am

An attorney representing distressed property owners in a proposed bid rigging class action reacted positively to last week's ruling that allows the case to proceed. 

Joint defense law seminar features cyber security issues, trial ethics, courtroom dilemmas

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 9, 2016, 1:53pm

ST. LOUIS — The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers will host a defense law seminar Sep. 29 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Rauner's big campaign spending at play in elections

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 30, 2016, 8:55pm

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s money is at work on the campaign trail even if he’s not as Illinois moves closer to the general election.

Taxpayer watchdog launches ad campaigning calling out Beiser's budget vote

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 19, 2016, 8:11am

ALTON – State Rep. Dan Beiser, a Democrat, is one of six Illinois legislators targeted in an ad campaign over how they voted on budget-related bills that came up this year.

National, local races capture St. Clair County voters' attention in lead up to November elections, says GOP chair

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 1, 2016, 8:49am

St. Clair County voters can begin voting by mail on Aug. 10, a signal that the election countdown is near. 

Should investigators hired by the State's Attorney be able to arrest suspected drug traffickers?

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 26, 2016, 3:39pm

A special investigation unit designed to crack down on drug trafficking on main thoroughfares in Madison County is on hold while the Illinois Supreme Court reviews the legality of a program that arguably gives state’s attorneys their own police force.

County Electoral Board considers candidate's petition to run for County Board

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 25, 2016, 1:52pm

An Independent candidate looking to get on the ballot in the Madison County Board District 2 race faces objections that may keep him from running.

Insurer raises questions about unclaimed benefits bill; Hoping for Rauner's amendatory veto

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 22, 2016, 2:41pm

SPRINGFIELD — In a legislative session noted as one of inaction until the brink of a new fiscal year, one bill Illinois lawmakers did manage to pass was a measure that requires life insurance companies to make an effort to track down beneficiaries of unclaimed policies, contracts and accounts when they know the policyholder has died.

Lawsuit claims plaintiffs law firm uses data from privacy app to file TCPA claims

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 11, 2016, 6:55am

Legal reform advocates think they’ve found a prime example of plaintiffs attorneys “gaming the system” to collect big awards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Mayors support stopgap budget to fund education, local government

Taryn Phaneuf Jul. 1, 2016, 9:29am

GODFREY — A group of 41 mayors in Illinois threw their support behind a bill that was one of many proposed to temporarily fix the state’s budget.

GOP candidate for MC State's Attorney prioritizes crime deterrence

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 28, 2016, 3:01pm

“The state’s attorney job is not to have a high conviction rate," said Republican candidate for Madison County State's Attorney, Ron Williams. "That’s not the right metric to use. The state’s attorney should be deterring crime.”

Judge dismisses 201 lawsuits in latest chapter of businesses' battle against Illinois False Claims Act

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 21, 2016, 4:27pm

CHICAGO — Abuse of an Illinois whistleblower law will continue to sour businesses toward the state if lawmakers don’t take steps toward reform, attorneys and business advocates say.

Regional superintendent: School funding battle likely to be 'strung out'

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 9, 2016, 7:58am

Superintendent Robert Daiber: "It isn’t that I am personally in favor of Chicago Public Schools getting more money than everybody else, but they have to make their expenses.”

New domestic violence court aims to reduce offense and help victims

Taryn Phaneuf May 27, 2016, 10:32am

EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Circuit Court will open a Domestic Violence Accountability Court on June 1 — the second such program in the state.

Law Day 2016 reveals children's side of Miranda rights

Taryn Phaneuf May 5, 2016, 7:00am

Some of the detainees in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center say they learned too late the cost of not understanding or not embracing their right to stay silent during a police interrogation.

Missouri lawmakers raise the bar on expert witnesses in adopting Daubert standard

Taryn Phaneuf May 4, 2016, 6:32am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri legislators have agreed to raise the standards of expert witnesses, passing a "Daubert" bill that modifies guidelines for admitting testimony.

Trustee favoring transparency makes good on promise to get finances online; Guy would like to see property tax cut in Collinsville Township

Taryn Phaneuf Apr. 22, 2016, 5:02pm

COLLINSVILLE — With its annual expenditures published openly online, any citizen of Collinsville Township can see that the municipality is bringing in much more in revenue than it spends.

Madison County GOP slates former public defender for state's attorney; Candidate focusing on crime and prosecution rates

Taryn Phaneuf Apr. 19, 2016, 7:12am

Ron Williams believes that, if elected as Madison County’s next state’s attorney, he could reduce the violent crime rate by 17 percent in a year.