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

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2017, 7:44am

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.

Madison County court to fight opioid addiction among jail inmates with shared grant

Ann Maher Jun. 6, 2017, 12:16pm

The Madison County drug court will share in a $540,000 grant to start a “Behind the Walls” program to help combat opioid addiction in inmates at the Madison County Jail with the medication Vivitrol.

Report: Asbestos suits against Kaiser Gypsum dropped after bankruptcy, putting pressure on solvent companies

Ann Maher Jun. 5, 2017, 5:03pm

Report: Asbestos suits against Kaiser Gypsum dropped after bankruptcy, putting pressure on solvent companies

Yandle denies Treasurer's office motion for new trial in employee's ADA case

Ann Maher Jun. 5, 2017, 2:59pm

U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle has denied Madison County Treasurer's office motion for a new trial in a case brought by a former employee who was awarded more than $650,000 in damages in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit.

Unclaimed property bill affecting life insurance policies back to '96 passes; Not without criticism

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 4:42pm

A law requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996 has passed the Illinois General Assembly.

Robocalls targeting three local House districts with strong message against income tax hike

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 11:59am

A proposal increasing state income taxes by 32 percent that passed in the State Senate by Democrats only has inspired the state GOP to target certain House district with robocalls in advance of a possible vote.

Crash on Broadway in Highland subject of injury suit

Ann Maher May 23, 2017, 7:00pm

A crash two years ago at Broadway and Swallow in Highland is subject of a personal injury lawsuit filed May 19 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Bicyclist seeks $50K over dog attack, property damage to bike

Ann Maher May 23, 2017, 6:45pm

A bicyclist is suing the Collinsville owners of a black dog that allegedly attacked him without provocation while he was riding in front of their home in November 2015.

Cottage Hills bar sued over crash allegedly caused by intoxicated patron

Ann Maher May 23, 2017, 6:33pm

A Cottage Hills bar and its operators are being sued over a crash allegedly caused by an intoxicated patron.

Legal malpractice suit claims statute expired before injured worker's third party claim filed

Ann Maher May 23, 2017, 5:31pm

A legal malpractice suit has been filed against the Law Offices of David M. Galanti and attorney Leslie Collins over the alleged mishandling of an injured worker's third party claim.

Granite City couple sues fencing contractor over alleged failure to return deposit

Ann Maher May 23, 2017, 4:54pm

A Granite City couple is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages from a fencing company it alleges failed to return a $1,500 deposit as ordered by a court.

Porn hacking litigator John Steele disbarred

Ann Maher May 19, 2017, 11:19am

The state Supreme Court has disbarred porn hacking litigator John Steele, striking his name from the roll of licensed attorneys in Illinois.

Report shows 'true' accounting of pension liabilities more than double what governments say; Expert: debt is 'utterly absurd'

Ann Maher May 17, 2017, 10:04am

Financial expert Mark Glennon of Wilmette says in his analysis of a new study on state and local pensions that the only way to reduce the substantial obligations facing Illinois funds are by amending the state constitution or through federal bankruptcy.

Go-cart crash prompts 36-count wrongful death suit; But coroner's verdict says man died of heart disease

Ann Maher May 15, 2017, 5:33pm

The surviving spouse of a man allegedly killed following a go-cart crash two years ago at Gateway Motorsports Park has filed a 36-count wrongful death lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court.

Congressmen recommend McCarter to serve as Kenyan ambassador in letter to Trump

Ann Maher May 12, 2017, 12:33pm

Even though he has a long record of ministering to the needs of Kenyans, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) believes he would not likely be considered for an ambassadorship to the East African nation if not for the eight years' learning experience he's had in Springfield.

New analysis of state pension systems shows number of retirees earning more than $100K nearly 17,000

Ann Maher May 10, 2017, 10:21am

New analysis from the Taxpayers United of America (TUA) shows that more than 16,000 former state government employees each collect annual pensions of at least $100,000, costing taxpayers more than $2 billion this year alone.

Critics say online privacy legislation is pro-trial lawyer; Advocate says tech industry is 'too loose' with personal data

Ann Maher May 10, 2017, 8:48am

Internet privacy legislation making its way through Springfield is more in line with the interests of the trial bar than it is with consumer protection, critics say.

Should Madison County adhere to bankruptcy trust disclosure requirements in CMO?

Ann Maher May 2, 2017, 3:46pm

While Madison County's asbestos docket puts Edwardsville on the map as the busiest place for lawsuits against solvent companies, the court's location does not factor on a map showing a growing concern over transparency between what's being paid to claimants in court systems and how much is being paid to them through bankruptcy trusts.