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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.

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.