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Attorney Sprague takes another aim at Syngenta, this one involves weed killer paraquat

The Madison County Record Oct. 17, 2017, 5:07pm

BELLEVILLE – Weed killer paraquat caused a Clinton County man to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a suit he filed in St. Clair County circuit court 23 days before he died.

Depakote plaintiffs in mass litigation must abandon claims or take them to trial, Rosenstengel rules

The Madison County Record Oct. 17, 2017, 3:50pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Five plaintiffs suing Abbott Laboratories over birth defects must take Abbott to trial or abandon their claims, U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ruled on Oct. 10.

Towne initiated felony charges against political foes while serving as state’s attorney

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2017, 9:44am

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois special prosecutor Brian Towne who currently faces 17 misconduct and misappropriation indictments initiated felony charges against four political foes while he was LaSalle County state’s attorney.

If the inmates are running the asylum, you might live in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Oct. 10, 2017, 4:10pm

There's never a dull moment in St. Clair County, what with judges and other public servants always finding new ways to entertain us with their disturbing antics.

Chrysler attaches deposition of UConnect lead plaintiff to summary judgment motion

The Madison County Record Oct. 10, 2017, 8:19am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville lawyer Brian Flynn swore as lead plaintiff against Chrysler that he suffered damages from a dangerous defect in his Jeep, yet testified that he kept driving it and took parents, girlfriend, and others along without warning them.

Workforce report at Illinois appellate prosecutor’s office shows underutilization of minorities

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2017, 6:52am

SPRINGFIELD – Workforce statistics at the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s office show that White persons held 66 of 73 jobs at last report, a rate higher than 90 percent.

Belleville's now permanent 'temporary' sales tax is driving out people and businesses

The Madison County Record Oct. 3, 2017, 4:59pm

The city officials who told the people then that it was just "temporary" knew they were going to keep it. The more they get the more they spend.

Former State's Attorney Brian Towne does the perp walk

The Madison County Record Oct. 3, 2017, 1:06pm

When law officers break the law, even if it's allegedly in the pursuit of justice, they stop being law officers and become criminals – no better than the purported lawbreakers they're trying to apprehend, and arguably much worse.

Getting 340B drug discount program back on track

The Madison County Record Oct. 2, 2017, 9:14am

While not yet in the limelight of healthcare discussions, and totally unknown to most people, the federal 340B drug discount program affects many vulnerable patients in Southwestern Illinois. Created in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients afford valuable medications by providing certain hospitals and safety net clinics with discounted medicine, the 340B program is no longer functioning as intended.

McCarter lashes out at Rauner over abortion funding bill HB40; Says he should not run for re-election

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2017, 4:32pm

I am extremely disappointed in the Governor’s decision. The new law requires abortions be paid for with tax dollars for any reason, including sex, race, or imperfection, throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Rauner's statement on signing abortion funding bill

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2017, 4:26pm

I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle.

IL GOP statement on HB40

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2017, 4:19pm

I am disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign HB40 as the Illinois Republican Party opposes taxpayer-funded abortions.

Angelides and Schmidt, myths and facts

The Madison County Record Sep. 27, 2017, 10:52am

You like po-tay-toes and I like po-tah-toes You like to-may-toes and I like to-mah-toes

St. Clair County foreclosure mediation program becomes mandatory

The Madison County Record Sep. 27, 2017, 7:59am

A foreclosure mediation program that began in St. Clair County in January 2014 has become mandatory for owner-occupied residential foreclosure cases.

St. Clair County sheriff's deputy charged with accepting sex for not making arrest

The Madison County Record Sep. 27, 2017, 7:33am

BELLEVILLE – Robert Sneed of Mascoutah, felony suspect in using a badge to gain sexual pleasure, no longer works for St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson.

Baricevic defending felony suspect

The Madison County Record Sep. 26, 2017, 11:18am

BELLEVILLE – Former St. Clair County chief judge John Baricevic, now in private practice, has undertaken the defense of a felony suspect.

BMS decision impacts more out of state plaintiffs in Just for Men litigation

The Madison County Record Sep. 26, 2017, 7:26am

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon carried out a new Supreme Court decision limiting access of plaintiffs to courts in other states.

Product liability case sets stage for angry exchange between Cook and opposing counsel

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 7:40am

BENTON – Belleville law firm leader Bruce N. Cook called opposing counsel a “cheating self important prig” by electronic mail, and later told him almost everything he does or says is deceitful.

Daddy's little girl won't be there to look out for his interests

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 7:03am

We took note, two years ago, when State Attorney General Lisa Madigan crossed one of those proverbial lines in the sand: She went to court to try to prevent state workers from receiving their paychecks during an expected government shutdown.

Reaction to civil asset forfeiture bill signing

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 6:58am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 303, which adds additional protections against civil asset forfeiture. The law will protect residents from having their property seized unjustly by the government if they are accused of a crime.