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Edwardsville attorney applauds new law reducing fees for LLCs

The cost of doing business in Illinois has gone down under new legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Hylla named to commission on pretrial reform of criminal justice system

Madison County Chief Judge Dave Hylla is among members of a new commission that will make recommendations on pretrial reform of the state’s criminal justice system.

Janus v. AFSCME oral arguments scheduled Feb. 26 at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME on Feb. 26, in a case challenging the constitutionality of compulsory union dues for state government workers.

Local governments challenged by underfunded pension plans; Candidate for governor calls for amending constitution

With Illinois homeowners paying close to the highest property taxes in the country, and its residents shouldering the highest public pension debt relative to income, how local governments deal with the growing problem is a tale of two cities, so to speak.

Beiser stepping down from State House one year early; Bristow appointed Monday

State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) has resigned the seat he has held since 2004, likely providing the benefit of incumbency for the Democrat candidate seeking to succeed him.

Supreme Court: Pro se civil litigants without access to computer can be exempted from e-filing

As the new year approaches with a requirement that all civil litigation documents be electronically filed at the circuit court level, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a change for self-represented, or pro se, litigants.

Evans says candidacy prompted by need for change in courthouse status quo

An O’Fallon attorney running for a circuit court vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit said in an announcement of his candidacy that he will be “an independent voice focused solely on the cases, ruling only on the law and facts.”

Judicial vacancies in St. Clair and Madison counties filled in with candidates

With the candidate filing period for the spring primary having closed on Monday, results indicate that the entire slate of circuit court vacancies in Madison and St. Clair counties will see contests in the November general election.

Local family vacationing in Branson questions why an MCT vehicle was parked at entertainment venue Grand Country

A Chevy Silverado bearing the name "Madison County Transit" was spotted in the parking lot of a Branson entertainment venue over the weekend, and prompted a local family vacationing there to ask for an explanation.

Fifth District awards line-of-duty disability benefits to police detective injured in non-emergency auto accident

A Shiloh police detective injured when the squad car he was riding in as a passenger was rear-ended at a stop light is entitled to line-of-duty disability pension benefits.

O'Fallon attorney opens probate cases for sisters killed in I-55 crash

O'Fallon attorney Robert Marcus has filed documents at Madison County Circuit Court to represent the estates of sisters who were tragically killed on southbound I-55 near Hamel after their vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer at around 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Belleville attorney Hoerner files for Fifth District Appellate Court; Overstreet also files

Belleville attorney Kevin Hoerner has submitted paperwork to run in the spring primary as a Democratic candidate for the Fifth District Appellate Court, in a seat being vacated by retiring Justice Richard Goldenhersh.

Lawyers competing for lucrative opioid litigation go before county Judiciary

Lawyers competing to represent Madison County in lucrative contingency fee litigation against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs touted their experience to members of the Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday.

Contingency fee debate continues over Madison County's potential opioid litigation

As state and local governments across the country contemplate how to go about pursuing litigation to offset costs of opioid addiction, a debate continues in Madison County over details of hiring outside lawyers to handle a potential lawsuit.

Judge from Fourth Circuit will preside over state's case against Duebbert

A judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit will preside in the state's case against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier on Nov. 7.

McCarter calls Springfield a 'gross atmosphere' in wake of sexual harassment allegations

SPRINGFIELD - Programs on how not to engage in sexual harassment were given to lawmakers this week following recent bombshell allegations made by a lobbyist who claimed a ranking member of the state Senate harassed her.

Former candidate for State Senate also seeking GOP nomination for Fiss seat

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea is seeking the Republican nomination for a judicial vacancy being created by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring next year.

Hylla to seek retention in next year's election

Madison County Chief Judge Dave Hylla will seek retention to another six year term next year.

Gibbons says ICJL's outreach on contingency fees for outside opioid litigators is 'propaganda'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons issued a sharp rebuke to the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL), calling the group's statements last week on contingency fee contracts for lawyers pursuing opioid litigation a "propaganda campaign."

Overstreet announces bid for permanent seat at Fifth District

Justice David Overstreet of Mt. Vernon will seek election to the Fifth District Appellate Court for the seat being vacated next year by Justice Richard Goldenhersh, who is retiring.