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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.

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.

You need money and connections to get into Madigan's place

The Madison County Record Oct. 18, 2016, 3:03pm

Suppose there was a popular restaurant in Springfield called Madigan's, it was so popular that they could charge top dollar for all their dishes, so popular that you couldn't get in without a reservation, and you couldn't get a reservation unless you were somebody or knew somebody, and even then you still had to slip the maître d' a C-note to get seated.

The auditor general has no clothes!

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2016, 11:16am

When a vain and foolish emperor is persuaded to appear before his subjects in a new suit of “invisible” clothes, no one dares to point out that he isn't wearing anything – except a precocious child.

What to do when the dog won't behave

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2016, 5:06pm

Who let the dog out?

And the winner of this year's Asbestos Derby is . . .

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2016, 7:03am

Madison County's asbestos court retains its title in 2016 as the most active docket in the country, with the number of new cases filed through June 30 up 10 percent. Win, place, or show, asbestos attorneys will be in the money. The odds for anyone else are a million to one.

Clifford and Tillery are still trying to get back at Karmeier

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2016, 3:22pm

For years now, attorneys Stephen Tillery, Robert Clifford, and associates have been trying, unsuccessfully, to challenge the integrity of State Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

Public employees enjoy getting fat at two taxpayer funded troughs

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2016, 8:02am

One of Waukegan native son Jack Benny's most famous jokes was that he was perpetually celebrating his 39th birthday.

Clinton, Kasper, and the art of hair-splitting

The Madison County Record Sep. 6, 2016, 3:01pm

“It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is.” When Bill Clinton uttered that whopper, he made it clear to anyone who still had any doubts that he could split hairs as finely as the most conniving lawyer alive and had no qualms about doing so, if that was the means necessary to achieve his ends.

Are mass tort litigators tampering with the juror process?

The Madison County Record Aug. 30, 2016, 11:11am

It's illegal to tamper with juries. Trying to inundate potential jurors with one-sided advertising is not.

Whom would Governor Koster represent?

The Madison County Record Aug. 23, 2016, 10:12am

One man, one vote. That's how it's supposed to work, and still does when the election's not rigged and the ballot box stuffed with bogus ballots.

You can't be a referee and a player, too

The Madison County Record Aug. 17, 2016, 7:40am

While Judge Flack cannot rewrite his biography, he can help restore faith in his judgment by liquidating his portfolio, if only for the sake of appearances.

A tale of two speakers

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2016, 5:12pm

We wonder if Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is following the career of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Judges have to be impartial

The Madison County Record Aug. 2, 2016, 3:44pm

It's the lawyer pool. That's where most judges come from. Plaintiffs attorneys and defense attorneys ascend to the bench and are expected not to take sides any longer.

Nothing 'safe' about Tom Gibbons' SAFE team

The Madison County Record Jul. 27, 2016, 10:27am

Why do some law enforcement officials think they can ignore the laws that apply to law enforcement?

The very expensive and cynical lesson David Werner taught us

The Madison County Record Jul. 19, 2016, 10:32am

More than 100,000 Illinoisans have graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville during its nearly 60 years of operation.