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Former prosecutor in age discrimination case seeks to withdraw confession, and lawsuit

Ann Maher Sep. 18, 2017, 2:45pm

Former Madison County prosecutor Julia Matoesian seeks to withdraw a confession her former attorney entered on her behalf in an age discrimination suit she also seeks to withdraw against State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and the county.

Lisa Madigan won't seek re-election next year

Ann Maher Sep. 15, 2017, 1:17pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Twitter today that after serving 14 years, she will not seek re-election next year.

Hopkins joins Gori Julian; will keep office in Alton

Ann Maher Sep. 8, 2017, 8:21am

Alton attorney John J. Hopkins has merged with the firm of Gori Julian & Associates.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge LeChien has died

Ann Maher Aug. 31, 2017, 12:54pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert P. LeChien, 65, has died, according to courthouse officials.

McCarter: Rauner is 'the best Republican Democrats have ever had'

Ann Maher Aug. 29, 2017, 10:50am

Calling Gov. Bruce Rauner "the best Republican Democrats have ever had," fellow GOPer State Sen. Kyle McCarter believes the sanctuary state bill signed into law yesterday will negatively affect the governor's re-election hopes.

Rauner issues amendatory veto of unclaimed property bill; Hammers 'overreach of private auditing firms'

Ann Maher Aug. 28, 2017, 6:40am

SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday issued an amendatory veto of a bill requiring insurance companies with electronic records to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 2000.

I-LAW: Darkness of litigation will last a lot longer than solar eclipse

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 5:27pm

Travis Akin, who heads the tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said he can't predict what litigation trends will emerge post- solar eclipse, but he believes that "darkness" created by "frivolous" lawsuits will last a lot longer than the two and a half minutes or so that southern Illinoisans - and others - will experience mid-day a week from today.

Foley trial continued to October

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 4:26pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp has continued today's trial setting for Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, who is accused of attacking Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser in Madison in March.

McCarter: SB1 is boon to elites and crumbs for downstate schools; Progressive tax system is real motivation

Ann Maher Aug. 10, 2017, 12:29pm

The real motivation behind "evidence-based" funding of schools as proposed in Senate Bill 1 is to achieve a progressive income tax system in Illinois, according to State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

Former Township worker claims she was fired for not selling fundraiser tickets; Plaintiff: 'Republican at worst or not a Democrat at best'

Ann Maher Aug. 7, 2017, 4:02pm

A former employee of Wood River Township claims she was wrongfully terminated for refusing to sell tickets to a political fundraiser prior to the municipal election earlier this year.

Wigginton enters guilty plea in DUI case

Ann Maher Aug. 7, 2017, 12:04pm

Former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and has surrendered his driver's, according to Madison County court documents filed in July.

Unclaimed property bill requires excess funds go towards curing pension debt

Ann Maher Jul. 20, 2017, 2:31pm

SPRINGFIELD - A provision of the omnibus budget bill that allows the Illinois treasurer to offset "actuarial reserve deficiencies" in the state's woefully under-funded pensions, faces criticism among business interests.

I-LAW highlights differences between 'Show Me' and 'Sue Me' states at presser

Ann Maher Jul. 13, 2017, 8:02pm

Add Teaser hereFor Belleville trucking operator Bill Frerichs, one of his biggest worries he says is what trial lawyers can do to his family's nearly 70-year-old business.

Madison County's 'litigious nature' cited by two insurance carriers who declined opportunity to cover

Ann Maher Jul. 11, 2017, 1:37pm

Madison County's "litigious nature" was cited by two insurers who declined to submit proposals for things like property and excess liability coverage as the county's annual renewal period approaches at month's end.

Trial set Aug. 14 in Prenzler attack case

Ann Maher Jul. 10, 2017, 2:40pm

A man accused of attacking Madison County board chairman Kurt Prenzler four months ago will face trial Aug. 14.

Should shooter have been allowed to retain FOID card?

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2017, 10:45am

The gunned down shooter from Belleville who on Wednesday brought the country to its knees possessed a valid Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) card, authorities say.

Wife of former Edwardsville asbestos attorney unloads 'white guilt' at DePauw reunion

Ann Maher Jun. 15, 2017, 12:17pm

The wife of an Edwardsville attorney who built tremendous wealth from the Madison County asbestos docket recently addressed a 25th class reunion at DePauw University as a frustrated “white person” with feelings of guilt for not having lived a more “inclusive” life.

Rands appointed special prosecutor in Wigginton DUI; Former U.S. Attorney pleads not guilty

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2017, 5:39pm

Illinois appellate prosecutor David Rands has been appointed to handle DUI and related traffic charges against former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton who was arrested last month by Troy police.

Madison County owes $4 million in unfunded pension liabilities; It's also paid nearly that much in interest in 10 years

Ann Maher Jun. 9, 2017, 4:01pm

Madison County owes more than $4 million in unfunded pension liabilities, according to Treasurer Chris Slusser. But what may be worse, he said, is that $3.8 million in tax payer dollars has been spent on interest payments over the last 10 years because of the county’s underfunding of two programs.

Jurors award $15 million over birth defects due to mother's Depakote use

Ann Maher Jun. 9, 2017, 3:02pm

A federal court jury has awarded $15 million to a mother whose son was born with spina bifida due to her use of Depakote while pregnant.