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Losing litigant argues that judge's appearance on parade float with opposing party is proof he should have recused

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2016, 7:26am

St. Clair County circuit judge Robert LeChien dismissed a suit against Cahokia village clerk Richard Duncan in a political season that also found them courting voters together.  

And the winner of this year's Asbestos Derby is . . .

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2016, 7:03am

Madison County's asbestos court retains its title in 2016 as the most active docket in the country, with the number of new cases filed through June 30 up 10 percent. Win, place, or show, asbestos attorneys will be in the money. The odds for anyone else are a million to one.

Critic of Caseyville mayor and state rep candidate indicted for death threat

The Madison County Record Sep. 27, 2016, 4:43pm

Brad Van Hoose of Belleville, constant critic of Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black and legislative candidate Bob Romanik, faces prison time.  

Prenzler moves for new trial in discrimination suit brought by former employee; Jurors awarded $658K in February

The Madison County Record Sep. 27, 2016, 10:53am

BENTON – Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler has challenged a verdict of federal court jurors who awarded $450,000 to former county comptroller Linda Dunnagan in a disability discrimination suit.

We will support mesothelioma this month

The Madison County Record Sep. 22, 2016, 6:19pm

We support more than 150 different organizations with sponsorships, donations, and volunteer time and find them all equally deserving.

Alton passenger alleges Bunker Hill driver caused crash

The Madison County Record Sep. 21, 2016, 7:54am

EDWARDSVILLE — An Alton woman is suing a Bunker Hill driver, alleging the defendant's negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff. 

Motorist alleges injuries from Collinsville crash

The Madison County Record Sep. 21, 2016, 7:53am

EDWARDSVILLE — A Collinsville motorist is suing a Joliet driver and two Chicago companies, alleging the defendants' negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff. 

Becker picked to preside over Lavite case; Dispute becoming struggle for control of Veterans Assistance Commission

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2016, 3:50pm

Clinton County associate judge William Becker, already presiding as visiting judge over a class action against Madison County, will preside over a dispute between Madison County and its Veterans Assistance Commission.  

Clifford and Tillery are still trying to get back at Karmeier

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2016, 3:22pm

For years now, attorneys Stephen Tillery, Robert Clifford, and associates have been trying, unsuccessfully, to challenge the integrity of State Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

$9 billion claim against State Farm gets class certification nod from Herndon

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2016, 6:26am

Karmeier’s achievement may count for more because his Court settled the question of his integrity, while that question remains open in Herndon’s court.  

Asbestos lawyers factor big as Dunstan contributors, minus Simmons

The Madison County Record Sep. 18, 2016, 8:04am

EDWARDSVILLE – Lawyers have given Madison County board chairman Alan Dunstan at least $78,396 for his current campaign, election records show. 

LeChien's economic interest statement shows online account for horse race betting

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2016, 3:29pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien kept an online account for betting on horse races around the world as of May 18, according to his statement of economic interest at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Public employees enjoy getting fat at two taxpayer funded troughs

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2016, 8:02am

One of Waukegan native son Jack Benny's most famous jokes was that he was perpetually celebrating his 39th birthday.

Economic interest statement shows chief judge with multi-million in assets and stakes in SURS and IMRF

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2016, 7:36am

St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic owned shares of several corporations and held an interest in at least 25 investment funds as of March 14, according to his statement of economic interests at the Illinois Supreme Court

Is it time to end backdoor referenda?

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2016, 2:34pm

Madison County voters are no strangers to “backdoor referendum.” However, to refresh readers’ memories these referenda require a district superintendent or legislative body requesting a referendum to sell bonds to post their intention in the newspaper.

Asbestos plaintiff seeks to restore verdict after Fourth District rejects claims

The Madison County Record Sep. 9, 2016, 12:59pm

SPRINGFIELD – Former plasterer Joseph Sondag, who won a jury verdict in an asbestos trial but lost it on appeal due to his excellent breathing, aims to restore it at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Class certification order in property tax sale scheme stands; Losses may be determined by sub classes

The Madison County Record Sep. 9, 2016, 11:02am

MOUNT VERNON – Associate circuit judge William Becker may proceed with a class action trial over bid rigging by former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Sept. 7. 

School administrator blames ex-husband for recording his alleged rape of her and sending to co-workers

The Madison County Record Sep. 8, 2016, 10:32am

EDWARDSVILLE — A Madison County woman is suing her former husband, alleging he interfered with the performance of her job as a school administrator. 

Trial bar contributions in congressional race are significant

The Madison County Record Sep. 6, 2016, 5:30pm

The Illinois Civil Justice League’s recent report detailing campaign contributions to Illinois politicians and judges shows the magnitude of the trial bar’s influence in state government and the courts. 

ITLA: ICJL report is 'another silly study'

The Madison County Record Sep. 6, 2016, 4:17pm

The First Amendment protects the Illinois Civil Justice League’s right to call its tired and misleading 16-page propaganda piece a “study” if it wishes, but that makes it no more a work of credible research than calling a Corolla a Ferrari makes the Toyota a sports car.