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Unclaimed property bill requires excess funds go towards curing pension debt

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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