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Government consolidation gains momentum, but there's more to be done

Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 18, 2017, 11:29am

Illinois is taking small steps toward consolidating some of its duplicitous local governments, but bold reforms are needed to start addressing the state’s nearly 7,000 taxing bodies, the most in the nation.

Mudge grants divorce attorney’s request to withdraw motions for sanctions in legal malpractice suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 17, 2017, 10:02am

An attorney has decided not to seek sanctions against a former client who allegedly filed a frivolous, time-barred legal malpractice suit after the attorney was suspended for her actions in his divorce litigation.

Seventh Circuit: Plaintiff should ‘count himself lucky’ not to be sanctioned after filing same suit twice

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 16, 2017, 11:05am

Seventh Circuit appellate judges affirmed the district court’s order dismissing a breach of contract suit on jurisdictional grounds for the second time after the plaintiff appeared to add a new Illinois defendant in an effort to defeat removal and dismissal.

Area schools would get $15.5 million more with Rauner schools plan

LGIS Newsfeed Aug. 16, 2017, 9:33am

Forty-eight area school districts would receive an extra $15.5 million this year if the Illinois House accepts Gov. Bruce Rauner's version of a school funding bill, according to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Beiser's choice: $4.1 million for local schools or bailout for Chicago?

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 16, 2017, 8:17am

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

Fifth District sends marriage dissolution back to trial court

David Hutton Aug. 16, 2017, 8:10am

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has overturned a trial court’s dissolution of a couple’s marriage, holding that the lower court failed to explain its decision to award maintenance payments.

Fifth District finds man was not prejudiced by counsel in armed robbery case

Glenn Minnis Aug. 16, 2017, 8:01am

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that former Judge John Baricevic did not err in dismissing a postconviction petition of a defendant who disputed the validity of his waiver of counsel.

Woman claims lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure from Alfa Laval, others

Lhalie Castillo Aug. 16, 2017, 7:50am

BELLEVILLE – A woman who worked at various employers in Illinois over a period of 20 years alleges she was exposed to asbestos.

4520 Corp. Inc., ABB Inc. named in asbestos suit

Lhalie Castillo Aug. 16, 2017, 7:49am

BELLEVILLE – A man diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year claims it was caused by asbestos exposure during his decades of employment.

Madison County civil docket Aug. 22-25

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 15, 2017, 11:46pm

Madison County Circuit Judges Crowder, Mudge, Ruth and Dugan have hearings scheduled on the civil docket for Aug. 22-25.

Rear-end collision suit at trial in Mudge’s court

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 15, 2017, 8:54pm

A Montgomery County woman’s negligence suit following a rear-end collision is at trial in Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge’s court.

Napoli attorney Melanie R. Swearengen dies in collision with train

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 15, 2017, 7:25pm

Edwardsville attorney Melanie R. Swearengen died earlier this month when her vehicle became stuck on train tracks in Brighton and was hit by an Amtrack train.

Moving to Cook County was a bad choice

Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:34pm

The Illinois Policy Institute highlights the effects Cook County's soda tax could have on residents and businesses.

Stuart's choice: $4.5 million more for local schools or a Chicago bailout?

Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 15, 2017, 5:11pm

Defenders of Senate Bill 1 are putting a bailout of Chicago Public Schools ahead of their own local school districts.

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.

Madison County foreclosures July 28-Aug. 2

Elizabeth Alt Aug. 15, 2017, 3:18pm

There were 22 foreclosures in Madison County from July 28 to Aug. 2.

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.

Defense Counsel Journal covers various privacy law topics in free summer issue

Kacie Whaley Aug. 15, 2017, 1:09pm

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) is releasing a free summer 2017 edition of its legal journal dedicated to privacy and data protection law.

'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.”

St. Clair County real estate July 24 -27

Elizabeth Alt Aug. 15, 2017, 11:00am

An O'Fallon property sold for more than $500,000 as part of the recent St. Clair County real estate transactions for July 24-27.