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Court reporters, Texas asbestos lawyers among contributors to group running attack ads against Illinois judges

Ann Maher Oct. 27, 2016, 5:01pm

Nearly $1 million has been raised by a group running attack ads against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court this week, and among the contributors are court reporters and Texas attorneys who specialize in asbestos litigation. 

Herndon and Bleyer jointly appoint Stack ‘special master’ in Syngenta Seeds litigation

The Madison County Record Oct. 26, 2016, 6:34am

U.S. District Judge David Herndon and Williamson County Circuit Judge Brad Bleyer jointly appointed former Madison County circuit judge Dan Stack to manage discovery in mass litigation against Syngenta Seeds.  

State trooper wrongful death case settles on eve of trial

The Madison County Record Oct. 25, 2016, 1:02pm

HILLSBORO – Sarah Deatherage, widow of state trooper Kyle Deatherage, settled a wrongful death suit against DOT Foods on the eve of trial in Montgomery County.

Alan Dunstan denounces conflicts of interest – in others

The Madison County Record Oct. 25, 2016, 6:40am

Democratic Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan has declared his adamant opposition even to the appearance of conflicts of interest in public officials – other than himself.

Asbestos attorney-funded PAC spends half million in media buy against Republican appellate candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 23, 2016, 12:10pm

A campaign committee created to oppose Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court spent a half million dollars on Friday for broadcast and digital media.

Big money coming from asbestos attorneys to oppose Republican appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 21, 2016, 10:40am

Democrat candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court are getting big help from the asbestos trial bar.

Prenzler says superintendent used ‘scare tactic’

Caleb Murphy Oct. 21, 2016, 7:53am

EDWARDSVILLE – The county treasurer and the regional school superintendent of Madison Country are battling a war of words.

Nearly half of Dunstan's campaign cash is from asbestos bar; Five years ago chairman called for inquiry into Crowder's contributions

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2016, 12:30pm

Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan has received more than $90,000 this year in campaign contributions from asbestos attorneys - yet five years ago he called for an investigation of Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder when it was learned that she had accepted $30,000 from the same group.

Kaiser Gypsum’s sinks into asbestos bankruptcy under weight of claims – many from Madison County

The Madison County Record Oct. 18, 2016, 3:13pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former drywall maker Kaiser Gypsum sank into bankruptcy under the weight of 13,967 asbestos suits including 1,498 in Illinois. 

Former ESL detective Orlando Ward to be released Oct. 26; Cocaine smuggling sentence cut in half

The Madison County Record Oct. 17, 2016, 2:33pm

ST. LOUIS – Former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward, whose sentence for cocaine smuggling mysteriously shrank by half, will gain freedom on Oct. 26.  

Answers to ICJL questionnaire points to differences among appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 9:28am

All appellate court candidates running in the state's Fifth District answered questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms and what, if any, changes they'd like to see.

Vets to get free legal services during two-day event

Mike Helenthal Oct. 13, 2016, 11:06am

Volunteer attorneys in Madison County on Nov. 10 and 15 will again offer free legal services to veterans, many of whom face special challenges upon returning to their communities.

In six weeks, three local firms pitch in nearly $800K to state Dem campaigns

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2016, 2:07pm

SPRINGFIELD – Law firms of John Simmons, Randy Gori and Tom Keefe gave $779,734 to campaigns of Illinois Democrats from Sept. 1 to Oct. 10.  

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.

Vote for Chapman

The Madison County Record Oct. 7, 2016, 3:10pm

Phil Chapman supports all national, state, county and local conservative candidates, by actively working for them, not paying lip service. Rest assured he won't be a sock puppet to the current county administration.

I-LAW encourages voters to pay attention to upcoming judicial races

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 7, 2016, 7:24am

Voters are being encouraged to educate themselves on judicial candidates running for election and judges running for retention during this week of "Lawsuit Abuse Awareness," especially those who have personal injury litigation backgrounds or who receive campaign contributions from personal injury interests. 

St. Louis asbestos litigation trends detailed at conference; ‘Rolling docket’ compared to Mad Co.'s ‘rocket docket’

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 27, 2016, 3:12pm

Local asbestos attorneys provided guidance on how to navigate St. Louis City’s asbestos docket and outlined recent trends in St. Louis asbestos litigation.

Man seeks default in discrimination suit against Madison County Kid’s Corner

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 27, 2016, 2:54pm

A man alleging The Madison County Kid’s Corner discriminated against him because of his gender seeks a default judgment.

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.

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.