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No bills for this Bill

The Madison County Record Apr. 19, 2016, 1:36pm

Ah, the life of a legislator!

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.

Ron Williams for Madison County State's Attorney

The Madison County Record Apr. 18, 2016, 7:26am

His commitment to the people of Madison County is that he will reduce violent crime by 15 percent in his first year if elected as State’s Attorney and will reduce the average jail population by 20 percent, saving money for taxpayers and making the County a safer place to live.

Magnetic Madison County

The Madison County Record Mar. 29, 2016, 2:09pm

Give me your trials, your plaintiffs, Your huddled lawyers yearning for big fees.

Prenzler calls out opponent for personal use of government-issued credit cards

Rebecca Campbell Mar. 10, 2016, 2:27pm

Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler, a Republican running against current county board Chairman Alan Dunstan, believes that the Democratic incumbent's alleged misuse of county credit cards for personal expenses will have an impact on election results

Civil court filings down in Illinois; Madison and St. Clair major civil filings are up

Ann Maher Feb. 26, 2016, 2:50pm

Civil court filings declined by approximately 25 percent in Illinois between 2010 and 2014, according to the Illinois Supreme Court's most recent annual report.

Yandle cancels Alaskan’s asbestos trial three days from start; Plaintiff lawyer apologizes for mistakes and lack of preparedness

The Madison County Record Feb. 24, 2016, 9:13am

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle prepared for an asbestos trial but nobody else did, so the trial didn’t happen.

Madison County facing another lawsuit; Former State's Attorney employee claims retaliation

The Madison County Record Feb. 23, 2016, 7:34am

BENTON – Madison County state’s attorney Tom Gibbons retaliated against an employee who won a suit to keep his job, according to a new suit at U.S.

Madison County asbestos case settles three days into trial

Ann Maher Feb. 18, 2016, 12:37pm

After three days of trial testimony, a Madison County asbestos case settled shortly after 9 a.m.

Yandle denies sanctions against citizens pursuing bid-rigging lawsuit against St. Clair County Treasurer

The Madison County Record Jan. 29, 2016, 3:52pm

BENTON – Citizens who filed suit accusing St. Clair County treasurer Charles Suarez of rigging bids at auctions of delinquent taxes did not abuse the court for political purposes, U.S.

Ancient milk marketing case heard at high court; Justices poke at Highland dairy farmers' theory

The Madison County Record Jan. 19, 2016, 7:38am

SPRINGFIELD – Former Highland dairy farmers Michael and Denise Richter, who let a suit against Prairie Farms languish for five years, found no visible support at the Illinois Supreme Court for their plea that they didn’t let it die. At oral argument on Jan. 14, questions from the Justices harmonized better with Prairie Farms than with Fourth District appellate judges who kept the case alive.

Lawyers in Hale v. State Farm reduce status of key investigator; Sides attack each others' experts

The Madison County Record Jan. 13, 2016, 8:58am

Investigator Doug Wojcieszak, whose reports form the basis of corruption claims against Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, might not take the stand at trial on that subject. Lawyers who paid him for evidence that State Farm secretly financed Karmeier’s campaign in 2004 have abruptly reduced his status to potential witness.

Stobbs denies Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss asbestos suit; Cites Ford’s prior statement in IL SC establishing contact in the state

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jan. 12, 2016, 9:04am

Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs denied a motion to dismiss an asbestos case filed by Ford Motor Company, relying on a statement made by Ford to the Illinois Supreme Court expressing its substantial contacts with the state.

Supreme Court rejects Tillery's latest attempt to revive Price v. Philip Morris

Ann Maher Jan. 11, 2016, 6:32pm

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied attorney Stephen Tillery's request to recall a mandate the Court issued a decade ago after it struck down a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris. In the same announcement posted this afternoon, the Court also denied Tillery's move to recuse or disqualify Justice Lloyd Karmeier from hearing the matter. Only Justice Robert Thomas did not participate in the decisions. Karmeier denied a similar recusal motion last year, after Tillery’s b

Was Troy speeding ticket processed in timely fashion? Supreme Court to hear arguments Jan. 12

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2016, 4:00pm

The Illinois Supreme Court on Jan. 12 will hear oral arguments involving a speeding ticket issued in Troy, and any action it takes could alter the rules of the road. The case involves driver Christopher Geiler who was stopped by Troy police May 5, 2014, for exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles per hour.

New 'Judicial Hellholes' report confirms Illinois needs lawsuit reform

Travis Akin Dec. 21, 2015, 8:58am

Christmas comes but once a year for most of us, but for the personal injury lawyers who have turned the Madison County courthouse into their own personally profiable playground, it’s Christmas every day.

Agreed order in trooper wrongful death case stipulates counsel will proceed in civil fashion

The Madison County Record Dec. 18, 2015, 2:27pm

HILLSBORO – Swansea attorney Tom Keefe signed an order on Dec. 14, agreeing to not resort to snide, insulting, derogatory, uncivil or harassing comments in Montgomery County circuit court. Keefe withdraws an allegation that lawyers for DOT Foods and a trucking subsidiary deserve sanctions for misconduct at a deposition of a company witness. He concedes that his client Sarah Deatherage must answer questions about dating and social life. He agrees not to disparage opposing counsel in email to l

Incumbent Bill Meyer to be challenged in primary for seat on Madison County Board District 3

Vimbai Chikomo Dec. 9, 2015, 4:04pm

County Board District 3 will see a three-way race on the Republican ticket at the primary election March 15, 2016. 

CPA announces bid for Madison County Board District 4 seat

Vimbai Chikomo Dec. 8, 2015, 6:58am

David Michael of Highland, Republican, announced last week that he plans to run against incumbent Kelly Tracy for the Madison County Board District 4 seat.

Defendants in tax sale class action granted leave to appeal; High court directs Fifth District to vacate earlier orders

Ann Maher Nov. 30, 2015, 2:26pm

Defendants in bid rigging litigation will get to appeal a class certification order entered against them six months ago in Madison County. The Illinois Supreme Court issued supervisory orders on Wednesday directing the Fifth District Appellate Court to vacate Aug. 17 orders which denied the petitions of Madison County, public officials and tax buyers for leave to appeal a circuit court decision that favored victims of a tax sale scheme.