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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

Belleville attorney says she observed celebration of Duebbert's troubles to come

An attorney who claims to have witnessed a courthouse employee celebrating troubles that embattled Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert would face in the days ahead says she wishes she had never seen and heard what she did on the night of Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Flack affirmed in uninsured motorist dispute; Dissent: Court should not 'strain to find ambiguity where none exists'

The Fifth District Appellate Court has sided with a Country Mutual policy holder who sought limits of two uninsured motorist policies following the hit and run death of her daughter four years ago near downtown St. Louis.

Student loan servicer steering borrowers into costly repayment programs, class action claims; Plaintiff is former local assistant AG

Great Lakes Educational Loan Services has until April 24 to respond to a proposed class action claiming financially stressed borrowers were steered into costly repayment programs instead of more affordable income-driven repayment options.

Sales tax proposals go down in Madison and St. Clair counties

Voters in Madison and St. Clair counties apparently have no appetite for additional taxes, as they have rejected a total of three one-cent sales tax increases.

O'Fallon mayoral candidate condemns labor union over threats at hospital work site

O'Fallon mayoral candidate Phil Goodwin condemned actions by laborers from the International Union Local 670 at the construction site of St. Elizabeth's Hospital last week, which according to a memo prepared by a responding police officer prompted the department to step up patrols and the contractor to seek extra security.

Manipulation of absentee voting in Washington Park marginalizes the community, candidate for mayor says

Washington Park mayoral candidate Terrilyn Gossett claims that manipulation of mail-in ballots is a pervasive problem that has been going on for years and one that marginalizes her impoverished community.

Matthew Foley charged in attack on County Board chairman Prenzler

Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, faces felony charges in connection with the March 11 attack on Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser at St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison.

Nameoki Township laborer's suit against highway commissioner dismissed

A Nameoki Township Highway Department worker who claimed he was being retaliated against for supporting his boss's political opponent in the April 4 election had his voluntary motion to dismiss granted by U.S. District Judge David Herndon on May 1.

Washington Park mayoral candidate claims a deceased man and federal prison inmate have voted absentee

Even though the upcoming consolidated election is 11 days off, Washington Park candidate for mayor Terrilyn Gossett believes that the race has already been decided.

Madison County's top asbestos filers bring the most out of state claims

Analysis of the top five jurisdictions across the country where out of state plaintiffs go to file their asbestos claims shows that Madison County circuit court, unsurprisingly, carries a high percentage of them.

Voters have lots of write-in options; Insider says ballot challenges are easier and cheaper for party in control

Having had their nomination petitions challenged and their names thrown off the ballot, most of the 34 people running as write-ins across St. Clair County are doing so as a last resort in the upcoming April 4 consolidated election.

Poll: Illinois voters want budget that reforms pensions, consolidates government and freezes property tax

Illinois voters are ready to reform the way the state does business, according to a new poll released by the Illinois Policy Institute.

Asbestos report shows Madison County remains 'preeminent mature' jurisdiction

Madison County's court system and some of the high profile local lawyers who built their practices here continue to dominate the nation's asbestos litigation landscape.

Rosenstengel awards med mal plaintiff who suffered kidney damage $29.6 million

U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel on Tuesday awarded a plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit $29.6 million in damages following a bench trial that took place in federal court in East St. Louis in October.