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Kurt Prenzler knows what happens when you try to drain a swamp

The Madison County Record Mar. 21, 2017, 5:44pm

If President Donald Trump needs advice on swamp-draining, he can turn to County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, who's been draining the morass of Madison County politics, little by little, for more than 10 years.

Madison County spends too much on legal fees

The Madison County Record Mar. 14, 2017, 10:37am

“It is disturbing to me that we spend so much money on legal fees in Madison County,” says County Board Member Tom McRae of Bethalto.

Mesothelioma victim lacks credibility

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 2:28pm

Stan Urban had sought $10 million in damages from a company that may or may not have had anything to do with his exposure, and he sought it in a Madison County courthouse with which neither he nor the defendant had any connection.

Let's review the review boards and get rid of some

The Madison County Record Mar. 1, 2017, 9:14am

In his ongoing efforts to reform state government in Wisconsin and get costs under control, Gov. Scott Walker has proposed eliminating an independent review board that handles workers' compensation cases.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:45am

Is asbestos trust transparency an idea whose time has come? Will 2017 be the year that a reform proposal finally becomes law?

This is one fever we'd like to catch

The Madison County Record Feb. 14, 2017, 7:11am

Sometimes a fever's a good thing, a natural, therapeutic response to disease. Our state is sick and could use a cleansing fever.

John Cullerton feeds the rumor mill to deflect blame for his failures

The Madison County Record Feb. 8, 2017, 7:00am

Rumor has it that State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is “frustrated” with the current Illinois budget crisis and is contemplating retirement.

Lisa Madigan still trying to stiff state workers

The Madison County Record Jan. 31, 2017, 6:50am

“Why has she stood silently by each year in office as [the] General Assembly passed unconstitutional budgets for 12 years?” That's the question Illinois State Representative Grant Wehrli tweeted last Saturday in response to AG Lisa Madigan's filing of a motion in St. Clair County Circuit Court two days earlier to strip state workers of their pay pending resolution of a contract dispute.

'Independent' legislators toe the Madigan line

The Madison County Record Jan. 24, 2017, 9:46am

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested and convicted on corruption charges last year, sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence, and ordered to a pay a $1.75 million fine and forfeit $5.3 million in ill-gotten gains.

If it could, Illinois should declare bankruptcy

The Madison County Record Jan. 18, 2017, 7:01am

Democrats and Never-Trumpers have had a lot of fun scoffing at Donald Trump's self-proclaimed business acumen by pointing to his multiple bankruptcies.

How James Lakin ‘fell’ into some money

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 3:42pm

When people tell you that they've fallen into money, you naturally assume that they mean it figuratively. You don't suppose they were sailing in a sea of currency and capsized or that they might have been working in a money plant and toppled into a vat of Federal Reserve Notes.

Quick to grant discovery, maybe Judge Gleeson should be subjected to it, too

The Madison County Record Jan. 4, 2017, 11:15am

Two years ago, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson ordered attorneys Paul Duffy, John Steele, and Paul Hansmeier to show why they shouldn’t be held in contempt, sanctioned, and obliged to compensate a cable provider for producing the identities of its targeted subscribers.

New chief judge, same dubious behavior

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:38am

St. Clair County Court has a new chief judge: Andrew Gleeson has replaced John Baricevic.

Judge Robert LeChien wrongly intervenes for AFSCME

The Madison County Record Dec. 13, 2016, 1:23pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien should not have been in a position to grant a temporary restraining order for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to block contract terms imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Donna Rae goes trip-or-treating

The Madison County Record Dec. 6, 2016, 5:50pm

Halloween has inherent hazards.

An asbestos suit against Ford by Floridians doesn’t belong in Madison County

The Madison County Record Nov. 29, 2016, 10:37am

Quizzes and questionnaires. Facebook is full of them. Can you put several shades of the same color in order from lightest to darkest? Which Star Wars character are you? How well do you know Beach Boys lyrics?

A tale of two Hamiltons

The Madison County Record Nov. 21, 2016, 9:56am

According to charges filed by interim U.S. Attorney Donald Boyce last week, East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton apparently spent more than $40,000 from the township treasury for a Las Vegas party and other personal purposes while racking up $230,000 in credit card expenses in more than three years.

Almost nine decades later, the Madison County Board has a new GOP majority

The Madison County Record Nov. 16, 2016, 7:51am

Not many Americans today can remember when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president, because that was more than 70 years ago and most of us had not yet made our debuts into the world.

Is Lisa Madigan abusing her position to protect dad's supermajority?

The Madison County Record Nov. 7, 2016, 10:18am

It's nice to have a family member in the business.

'Every nation gets the government it deserves'

The Madison County Record Nov. 2, 2016, 11:49am

That famous phrase originated with French lawyer Joseph de Maistre, a noted opponent of the French Revolution and the lawlessness it unleashed.