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Rauner missed opportunity in budget address

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 2:51pm

In his budget address today, Gov. Bruce Rauner once again called for changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system, but missed an opportunity to spotlight the real problem with that system: insurance company profiteering.

ITLA: Different year, same tired ATRA propaganda aimed at undermining Illinoisans’ legal rights

Christopher Hurley Dec. 22, 2016, 7:33am

Long before the recent explosion of “fake news,” the American Tort Reform Association, an organization that uses the appealing word “reform” in its name to hide its true purpose, was busy hawking disinformation to confuse public understanding and promote rage toward our state’s judicial system.

High costs of work comp driving business out of Illinois, experts say

Amanda Robert Oct. 25, 2016, 2:15pm

CHICAGO - For organizations that advocate on behalf of business in Illinois, there’s no question – the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to have dire consequences for the state and its economy.

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million

Amanda Robert Oct. 11, 2016, 10:32am

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million Workers’ compensation continues to be a contentious issue in Illinois, with many business leaders and legal advocates pushing for more reform.

Illinois Policy Institute: Reforms are needed to get state out of rut

Whitney Wright May 23, 2016, 11:54am

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) recently issued a report showing jobs in Illinois have been increasing over the last two years, Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute said those results don't tell the whole story.

How big must a fraction be to get John Cooney's attention?

The Madison County Record Apr. 12, 2016, 9:23am

Last year, in his ongoing effort to derail the tort reform movement in our state legislature, asbestos attorney John D. Cooney, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, observed that asbestos cases represent “a fraction of total cases filed in Madison County.”

I-LAW hosts lawsuit reform rally in Springfield; ITLA responds that lawsuit abuse is not a problem

Ann Maher Apr. 6, 2016, 6:35pm

Legal reform supporters gathered in Springfield today to lobby legislators in support of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to stop "venue shopping."

ITLA: Corporate frontgroup presses to deprive the disabled, disfigured and deceased of the chance for justice

The Madison County Record Apr. 6, 2016, 6:24pm

Illinois has its share of problems, as all states do, but so-called “lawsuit abuse” is not one of them.

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.

ITLA: Rauner’s budget again takes aim at injured workers

The Madison County Record Feb. 17, 2016, 2:10pm

Across Illinois, seniors, individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens are going without vital services because Gov. Rauner is holding the budget hostage until he succeeds in upending our workers’ compensation and legal systems. However, his proposals would do nothing to improve the state’s financial standing or fund the state services necessary to support individuals in need of critical assistance.

Reaction mixed to Rauner's workers' comp reform message

Emma Gallimore Feb. 2, 2016, 8:47am

Governor Bruce Rauner’s comments on workers' compensation reform made during his state of the state address has prompted mixed reaction.

ITLA: Governor takes aim at injured workers

The Madison County Record Jan. 28, 2016, 4:09pm

A legal system fair to the interests of individuals and businesses not only ensures a level playing field for both parties – it also protects the taxpayer.

Unconstitutional: Cook County judge rules against new jurors law

Elizabeth Schubert Jan. 2, 2016, 10:31am

An Illinois Circuit Court judge says reducing the number of jurors in civil trials is unconstitutional, a decision that could bring the law passed late last year to the state supreme court. 

ATRA: Madison County #5 'Judicial Hellhole' in country; Report cites asbestos 'rocket docket' and billion dollar tobacco case

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 17, 2015, 11:12am

Madison County was once again named to the American Tort Reform Association’s “Top Five Judicial Hellholes” in the country - thanks in large part to what the group calls an asbestos “rocket docket.”

I-LAW's true motive: Profits before people

The Madison County Record Oct. 6, 2015, 4:36pm

It’s that time of year again, when a front group well-funded by big corporations and the insurance industry spreads misinformation, downright lies and uses disparaging terms such as “Land of Lawsuits” and “jackpot justice” to describe our state’s civil justice system. This annual observance should be seen for what it really is: a desperate attempt to distort public understanding of our state’s judicial system to influence the public and juries.

Survey says Madison, Cook counties, state of Illinois, rank among worst environments for lawsuits in country

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 10, 2015, 5:11pm

The courts of Cook and Madison counties, as well as the state of Illinois, have again ranked very poorly in the eyes of business leaders, a survey says, hampering the state’s economic growth, reducing the state’s tax haul, and making it more difficult to pay Illinois’ bills and provide needed public services, according to Ill.

Hightower brings both civil and criminal experience to the bench

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 1, 2015, 3:34pm

Jennifer L. Hightower, 32, will take the bench in Madison County with a resume that includes roles as asbestos litigator and prosecutor which she says have helped prepare her for her new role as judge.

Gregory Shevlin elected to Illinois Bar Foundation board of directors

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jul. 28, 2015, 10:17am

Belleville attorney Gregory L. Shevlin has been elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation for a two-year term.

Michael McGlynn appointed to Illinois Court of Claims

Heather Gvillo Jun. 16, 2015, 3:32pm

Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Belleville attorney Michael McGlynn to serve as a judge on the Illinois Court of Claims. McGlynn is currently a managing partner at McGlynn & McGlynn Attorneys at Law in Belleville.

OUR VIEW: Fractions and factions

The Madison County Record Jun. 9, 2015, 3:12pm

“Fraction” is a fascinating word. Everyone knows that it denotes a portion of something else, and that it can refer to a piece of any size – from almost none to almost all to anything between 0 and 100 percent.