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Mom of victim: Ultimatum from lawyer, paternity test led to regrettable settlement with Tony Stewart

By Ann Maher | May 5, 2018

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The mother of a race car driver killed nearly four years ago by famed NASCAR driver Tony Stewart says she felt cornered into settling her wrongful death lawsuit by her high-profile lawyer who threatened to abandon the case if it went to trial – an allegation disputed by the attorney.

Advocates for dissolving CARD looking for help in petition drive

By Ann Maher | May 4, 2018

Had things gone as planned at the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD), cash flowing from the registers at a golf course and water park and back into the district’s general revenue fund might have served as a model for other communities.

IDC to hold Law Day event May 4 at Wildey Theater; This year's theme: 'separation of powers'

By Ann Maher | May 1, 2018

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel will celebrate Law Day on May 4 with a judges' panel discussing issues related to separation of powers and the role the judicial branch plays in enforcing and upholding the law.

Legislation that would have allowed third party vendors access to business financial records defeated in House

By Ann Maher | Apr 26, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would have allowed the state to disclose private business financial information to third party auditors was defeated in the State House on Wednesday.

Wife of former U.S. Attorney seeks divorce in Madison County

By Ann Maher | Apr 24, 2018

The wife of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has petitioned for divorce in Madison County Circuit Court citing irreconcilable differences.

Plank wins MC GOP chairmanship; Control of state party remains in question

By Ann Maher | Apr 23, 2018

Madison County GOP precinct committee men and women voted for current chairman Jeremy Plank over challenger, county board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, by a five point margin - 52.5 to 47.5 percent - at last week's party convention.

Cities with poor funding of public safety pensions are at risk of garnishment, report says

By Ann Maher | Apr 16, 2018

Police and fire pension funds for the cities of East St. Louis, East Alton and Granite City are among the worst funded in the state of Illinois and puts them at risk for garnishment like what the city of Harvey now faces, according to a Wirepoints report.

Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation

By Ann Maher | Apr 16, 2018

Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank has called for the appointment of more Republicans at the Third Judicial Circuit to more closely reflect the county’s “political landscape” and to help shed its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.”

Edwardsville man accused of attacking Prenzler last year wants outside prosecutor; Says Gibbons is biased 'for or against' Prenzler

By Ann Maher | Apr 5, 2018

An Edwardsville man facing trial for allegedly assaulting Madison County's board chairman at a charity event last year wants an outside prosecutor to handle charges against him.

Voter turnout in judicial circuits ranges from 16-31 percent; Democrats have stronger showing in Madison, St. Clair

By Ann Maher | Mar 21, 2018

Voter turnout in counties of the Third and Twentieth Judicial Circuits ranged from a low of approximately 16 percent in Monroe to a high of 31 percent in Washington.

Ruocco wins Republican nomination for circuit court vacancy

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has won the Republican nomination for a circuit wide vacancy at the Twentieth Judicial Circuit over Marissa attorney Marshall Hilmes by a margin of 61 to 39 percent.

Sales tax increase proposal in Madison County soundly defeated

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

A proposal to increase sales tax by 1 percent in Madison County appears to have gone down in defeat for the third time in seven years.

Incumbent county board member Dalton defeats challenger in Dem primary battle

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

Madison County Board member Liz Dalton has defeated challenger Alexis Hitt for the Democrat nomination to a County Board seat covering Collinsville in District 28.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

Staples and politics in Madison County: Ballot access survivor will be tested in primary

By Ann Maher | Mar 16, 2018

Election laws sometimes can produce unfair results even when all that a civic minded citizen wants to do is fulfill a noble purpose - public service. A lawyer familiar with ballot access case law sees it this way: "They are the rules that we all live with, and the rules are the rules."

Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

By Ann Maher | Mar 14, 2018

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

Ruocco: 'Not afraid to stand up for what is right, challenge status quo'

By Ann Maher | Mar 14, 2018

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has a recommendation for voters who want change in the St. Clair County judiciary, a court system she says is "fraught with scandals" - vote for someone who is not part of the "establishment."

Chicago GOP plans to sue CPS over planned school walk outs; Some local districts have different take on school day protests

By Ann Maher | Mar 13, 2018

While some local school districts have taken positions against students participating in a planned national student walkout tomorrow to protest the Parkland, Fla. shooting and push for additional gun laws, the same cannot be said for the Chicago Public School (CPS) system.

Ed/Glen Chamber points to impact on business with 1 percent CSFT tax increase

By Ann Maher | Mar 13, 2018

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the proposed 1 percent County School Facilities Tax (CSFT). And while the organization has not taken an explicit "anti" position, its analysis leans that way.

Appellate court rules against Patton in ballot access challenge

By Ann Maher | Mar 12, 2018

The First District Appellate Court has rejected a ballot access appeal brought by Edwardsville mayor Hal Patton, whose candidacy for state Senate has been derailed.

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