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Attorney for murder suspect argues State intentionally caused mistrial; Haida denies motion to dismiss Fields case

By Ann Maher | Sep 15, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida denied a motion to drop the State's case against David E. Fields, who is alleged to have killed Carl Silas at his Belleville apartment on Dec. 30, 2016.

Asbestos trial set to begin in Stobbs court; Plaintiff is from Madison County

By Ann Maher | Sep 14, 2018

An Edwardsville man who worked as an insulator for Shell Oil refinery in Wood River for more than 30 years is expected to take his mesothelioma case to trial in Madison County Circuit Court today.

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DOJ raises flag in Kaiser Gypsum bankruptcy; Says it will investigate illegal conduct in trusts

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice has stepped into Kaiser Gypsum's Chapter 11 bankruptcy pending in the Western District of North Carolina over concerns that its reorganization plan lacks sufficient safeguards to prevent fraud.

Asbestos litigation analysis shows downward trend - except for boom in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Sep 10, 2018

While asbestos filings in courts across the country appear to be declining, the number of new cases being filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court have more than doubled from a year ago.

Senior 'hall of famer' Helen Hawkins remembered as dedicated public servant

By Ann Maher | Sep 7, 2018

Longtime county board member Helen Hawkins of Granite City is being remembered as a "one of a kind," fierce, yet polite, advocate for her community.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

David v Goliath type race playing out in 113th District; Hoffman has close to $1 million, but Jameson has thousands of contacts

By Ann Maher | Aug 17, 2018

Republican candidate for state representative Doug Jameson hopes to pull an upset in November over long time incumbent, Democrat Jay Hoffman of Belleville.

Rauner vetoes legislation that would have replaced Republican with Democrat at helm of MESD

By Ann Maher | Jul 17, 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have reshaped the Metro East Sanitary District, saying the legislation - sponsored by local Democrat legislators - was a politically-motivated attempt to undercut the board led by Republican Steve Adler.

Witness for Duebbert, sister and office manager, was prepared to testify allegations 'totally made up'

By Ann Maher | Jul 10, 2018

A witness for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert was prepared to testify that his accuser fabricated all of the claims that led to felony criminal sexual abuse and intimidation charges filed against him last year.

Retired Fairview Heights police chief seeks to reduce 'staggering' violent crime rate in campaign for St. Clair Co. Sheriff

By Ann Maher | Jul 10, 2018

After 30 years serving in the Fairview Heights Police Department, Nick Gailius recently retired as Chief and turned his attention to fighting crime on a larger scale.

Charges against Duebbert dropped at request of accuser

By Ann Maher | Jul 5, 2018

Criminal charges against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert are being dropped just four days before trial was set to begin.

State legislature passes bill that reshapes Republican-controlled board in Metro-East

By Ann Maher | Jun 5, 2018

Democrat lawmakers pushed a bill through Springfield last week that will reshape a local government board under Republican control.

Progressive income tax resolution passes in State House

By Ann Maher | May 30, 2018

A progressive income tax resolution passed in the State House on Tuesday 61-52, mostly along party lines.

State Board of Elections must hear Mautino allegations of misspending

By Ann Maher | May 23, 2018

The Fourth District Appellate Court on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois State Board of Elections must revisit allegations that embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign committee made more than $200,000 in illegal payments while he served as a state representative, according to a press release from the Liberty Justice Center.

FOIA requester wants state AG to subpoena documents from Madison County SA involving sexual harassment allegations

By Ann Maher | May 22, 2018

A former employee of the Madison County State's Attorney's office wants the state attorney general to subpoena internal documents the office refuses to turn over involving sexual harassment allegations against former chief investigator Kevin Hendricks, whose position was eliminated March 1.

Former jailer pleads guilty to theft of government property

By Ann Maher | May 18, 2018

A former St. Clair County jailer accused of stealing money from a detainee has pleaded guilty to theft of government property.

'Confiscatory' tax proposal has critics steaming; Proposal would add 1 percent on top of homeowners' tax bills

By Ann Maher | May 14, 2018

A proposal that would make residential property owners pay an additional 1 percent special assessment over and above their existing property tax bills to help bail out five under-funded state pension systems has two conservative politicos steaming.

Karmeier to administer oath to new attorneys on Thursday

By Ann Maher | May 8, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will administer the attorney's oath to approximately 74 new lawyers at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

Wine and spirits executive prevails in appeal brought by Randall's

By Ann Maher | May 8, 2018

An executive in the alcohol industry who was sued for allegedly telling a St. Louis TV reporter that she had been fired from Randall's Wine & Spirits on the basis of transgender discrimination has prevailed at the Fifth District Appellate Court.

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