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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.

Like father, like son

The Madison County Record Jul. 12, 2016, 11:15am

Three years ago, at the end of his alleged investigation into rampant corruption in St. Clair County, Chief Circuit Judge John Baricevic confessed that he was unable to find any evidence that James Fogarty misused his former position as a probation officer while allegedly selling cocaine or that Fogarty and Circuit Judges Michael Cook (convicted on heroin charges) and Joe Christ (dead from a drug overdose while in Cook's company) had “used their positions to enhance their drug use.”

Is Steve Diamond blowing the whistle or tooting his own horn?

The Madison County Record Jun. 28, 2016, 4:22pm

Is the whistleblower motivated by a sincere desire to expose wrongdoing and see justice done, or is he merely a disgruntled ex-employee or dissatisfied former customer seeking revenge for some imagined slight or inconvenience?

Finally, it’s curtains for one Stephen Tillery drama

The Madison County Record Jun. 21, 2016, 11:04am

With 25,000-plus performances since its premiere in London in 1952 and still going strong, Agatha Christie's murder mystery The Mousetrap is – and is likely to remain – the longest-running play of all time.

Mike Madigan's proposed state budget is 'simply embarrassing'

The Madison County Record Jun. 13, 2016, 1:48pm

It's so basic. Get an estimate. Look it over. Approve or reject it, in whole or in part, based on your finances and the need for the services offered.

Three judges who don’t understand plain English

The Madison County Record Jun. 7, 2016, 6:46am

You've got to feel sorry for the cashiers in St. Clair County whenever their employers offer a special that has a limit of one per customer. You know they must dread seeing Circuit Judges John Baricevic, Robert LeChien, and Robert Haida come strolling into the store, arm in arm.

If we want balanced budgets, we have to elect honest politicians

The Madison County Record Jun. 1, 2016, 10:28am

Aren't our state legislators required to pass a balanced budget every year?

Laughing at someone in the mirror

The Madison County Record May 24, 2016, 10:17am

We would be tempted to laugh at this ridiculous mess, if it didn't remind us so much of an even bigger mess closer to home: the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD) with its multimillion-dollar debt

A judge goes to jail and the citizens get punished

The Madison County Record May 17, 2016, 2:24pm

The fallout from the 2013 arrest and conviction of St. Clair County Judge Michael Cook on charges of heroin possession continues.

Some constructive criticism from a 'simple Illinois farmer'

The Madison County Record May 10, 2016, 9:28am

Loren Klaus has offered a list of 12 things we did to ourselves that contributed to the degradation of our once edenic state, including adoption of our 1970 state constitution, the establishment of our state income tax, the election of venal governors, and lax enforcement of our Open Meeting laws.

Kurt Prenzler seeks an honest man in Madison County?

The Madison County Record May 4, 2016, 6:45am

Has the Greek philosopher Diogenes been reincarnated as Kurt Prenzler?

Planning Act called a corruption tax that costs consumers but aids politicians

The Madison County Record Apr. 26, 2016, 2:58pm

The purpose of hospitals is to provide medical care, isn't it?

No bills for this Bill

The Madison County Record Apr. 19, 2016, 1:36pm

Ah, the life of a legislator!

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.”

We're so happy for you, David Werner!

The Madison County Record Apr. 5, 2016, 4:10pm

If you're like us, you’ll scrimp to make ends meet and do without some things you would like to have, so long as you know the taxes you pay are making it possible for a favored few to live well at your expense.

Magnetic Madison County

The Madison County Record Mar. 29, 2016, 2:09pm

Give me your trials, your plaintiffs, Your huddled lawyers yearning for big fees.

Nothin' but a hound dog

The Madison County Record Mar. 22, 2016, 8:49am

You see them out in the country, if you live out in the country.