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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.

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.