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Fifth District: Collinsville officer abused rights of driver who possessed 33 grams of heroin

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 4:33pm

MOUNT VERNON – Collinsville policeman Stacey McElroy plucked more than an ounce of heroin from a car after 16 minutes of investigation, too slow for appellate judges who found he abused the driver’s rights by taking so long.

Appeal granted to Ricki Jones in tax dispute with former wife reversed at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 1:39pm

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County Associate Judge Martin Mengarelli improperly granted former embezzler Ricki Jones an appeal in a tax dispute with former wife Dorothy Boos, Fifth District judges decided on Aug. 11.

'Speculation' about Cook County 'pop tax' proves accurate

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 12:54pm

“As to the concerns that improper collection of the tax will open the Merchants up to litigation, any such notion is merely speculation at this point and does not render the Ordinance unconstitutionally vague.”

State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 7:46am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

St. Clair County seeks class certification in Trinity guard rail litigation

The Madison County Record Aug. 14, 2017, 5:47pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates, who claim a Texas firm must remove bad guardrails from roads statewide, expect local crews to distinguish good ones from bad ones.

Madison County Treasurer to expedite school fund payments

The Madison County Record Aug. 14, 2017, 3:25pm

Madison County Treasurer Chris Slusser said his office will be expediting property tax distributions in September to help some local school districts at least temporarily avoid a funding crisis, according to a press release from his office.

Cook County officials and their attorneys need hard discipline

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2017, 6:46am

Here's the thing about inappropriate behavior: What is outrageous will seem less so when compared to something more outrageous.

Plaintiffs in $10 billion RICO case against State Farm respond to move for summary judgment

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2017, 6:20am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs suing State Farm for $10 billion couldn’t ask Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier about his deliberations in a deposition, but they claim they can prove State Farm corrupted his deliberations anyway.

Mother and girlfriend of suspect fatally shot while fleeing police dispute official account

The Madison County Record Aug. 8, 2017, 11:14am

CAHOKIA – Mildred Moellman of Missouri, whose life allegedly depended on a police officer fatally shooting her friend Jason Stringer at Cahokia’s Wal-Mart last Nov. 28, says it didn’t happen that way.

Illinois state politics fueled by the privately educated

The Madison County Record Aug. 2, 2017, 10:16am

If one aspires to become a politician in Illinois, there's one tried and tested route: Attend private elementary and high schools.

Fourth District: Asbestos judge did not err in staying terminally ill man’s trial

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 4:42pm

SPRINGFIELD – McLean County Presiding Judge Rebecca Foley committed no error when she stayed trial for a man about to die of lung cancer, Fourth District appellate judges decided on July 26.

Property owner accuses men of failing to prevent livestock from trespassing

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 3:58pm

A Madison County property owner is suing over alleged livestock trespassing.

Witnesses shift blame in statements following Dec. 30 murder in Belleville

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 12:31pm

Witnesses to the murder of Carl Silas, who at first accused David Fields of shooting him, shifted the blame to a stranger four hours later, according to reports of St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies.

Illinois needs to be a right-to-work state to compete for jobs

The Madison County Record Aug. 1, 2017, 11:27am

Illinois is surrounded by right-to-work states. Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin all have right-to-work laws protecting employees from forced unionism – as do the majority of U.S. States, 28 in all.

Ray Coleman statement of atonement

The Madison County Record Jul. 27, 2017, 10:49am

I want to take this opportunity to make a declarative statement to those familiar with my history as the head basketball coach at East St. Louis Sr. High School from 2010 to 2012.

Fields murder case continued to September; Victim’s mother: witness statements don’t make sense

The Madison County Record Jul. 26, 2017, 9:05am

Seven months after the arrest of murder suspect David Fields, court proceedings still haven’t started.

State school funding bill would micromanage public school spending-- down to the cent

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 1:21pm

State bureaucrats will dictate how many teachers Illinois school districts must hire and how much to pay them if a school funding bill gets signed into law this month.

What is moral responsibility of city administration in Granite City?

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 7:46am

Is it appropriate to waive a possible cumulative total in excess of $6,000 in fees and fines (according to the language in the ordinance) because those persons violating the ordinance are city employees?

Fifth District: Lopinot should not have granted plaintiff new trial in Caterpillar defense verdict

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 7:28am

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot, who concluded post-trial that his errors spoiled an injury trial against heavy equipment maker Caterpillar, committed no error at all, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on July 21.

News vacuum opens door for start-up to focus on important things

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 6:36am

That vacuum will provide an opportunity for a new political message and a new cable news messenger. This new entity will speak to those who are not adherents to the message of the crazy left or the crazy right. It will focus on how to achieve the goals listed above; jobs, a significant increase in family purchasing power, an optimistic future for children, and the ability for individuals to control their own senior years.