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I-LAW's 'Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week' to focus on judicial elections

By Ann Maher | Oct 1, 2012

Akin MARION - Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) is joining with mayors and community leaders this week for a statewide public education tour to promote "Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week" and this year's theme of "Good Judges Matter," according to the group's executive director Travis Akin.

Third Circuit race: Napp and Burkart each cite superior experience

By Ann Maher | Sep 27, 2012

Napp Third Circuit judicial candidates Kyle Napp and Thomas Burkart view a number of issues differently, but one thing they agree on is that experience matters in the seat they are vying for in the Nov. 6 election.

Lobsided fund-raising aside, Madison County GOP hoping to pick off Dems

By Ann Maher | Sep 20, 2012

Like usual, Madison County Democrats enjoy significant advantage in fund-raising over their GOP counterparts this election year. But what's different in 2012 is a nearly full slate of Republican candidates stepping up to challenge incumbents up and down the ballot.

Cates eclipses McGlynn in fund-raising post Labor Day; Simmons firm and its lawyers big contributors

By Ann Maher | Sep 17, 2012

Cates The Simmons law firm of Alton and nine of its asbestos attorneys recently contributed $45,000 to Judy Cates, Democratic candidate for the Fifth District Appellate Court.

What's in an endorsement? Shoe leather and money are best

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2012

Yepsen In the mainstream of political theater, do endorsements really matter?

One in every 445 Madison County households in foreclosure

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2012

One in every 445 Madison County households and one in every 484 St. Clair County households are in some stage of foreclosure, according to the website which provides foreclosure statistics nationwide.

Safety professional responds to Cottrell's suit

By Ann Maher | Sep 12, 2012

Ellis A defendant named in a Madison County lawsuit filed by auto transport rig designer Cottrell responded Wednesday to allegations made in the Aug. 28 case.

Maag seeks new judge in proposed class action against local towing company

By Ann Maher | Sep 12, 2012

Plaintiff attorney Thomas Maag has asked for a new judge in a proposed class action where he seeks damages for the "improper" towing of his client's vehicle.

Wilkerson reappointed magistrate judge in SDIL

By Ann Maher | Aug 30, 2012

Wilkerson United States Magistrate Judge Donald G. Wilkerson has been reappointed to a new eight year term in the Southern District of Illinois.

City of O'Fallon named in personal injury suit

By Ann Maher | Aug 17, 2012

Shevlin An O'Fallon resident is suing the city claiming injuries from falling while attempting to cross a street in the spring.

St. Clair County clerk is thrilled with daughter's Olympic silver medal

By Ann Maher | Aug 16, 2012

Linda Harper In the afterglow of seeing her daughter capture a second Olympic medal, Linda Harper of Belleville says she's already saving money for a third trip to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

FOIA gone bad: Man labeled 'recurrent requester' ends up on wrong side of the law

By Ann Maher | Aug 8, 2012

Van Hoose A handicapped accessible fishing dock overlooking a small lake at the Caseyville Park was a thoughtful addition last year to the five acre park on the west side of this small town, population: 4,248.

Unions top lists of big campaign money in Illinois

By Ann Maher | Jul 26, 2012

The largest Illinois campaign contributors and contributions, as well as the richest campaign committees, are labor union-related.

Tillery seeks at least $18K in fees from third party to litigation - University of Chicago

By Ann Maher | Jun 28, 2012

Tillery An attorney who will share close to $35 million in fees by way of a recent class action settlement in federal court, is seeking at least $18,000 in fees from the University of Chicago in related state court litigation.

East St. Louis sued over contractor's slip in City Hall

By Ann Maher | Jun 22, 2012

A consultant working for the city of East St. Louis claims he re-injured his right knee when he slipped and fell in a wet hallway at City Hall.

Casino Queen sued by woman claiming husband suffered fatal injuries

By Ann Maher | Jun 22, 2012

Skinner (left) A woman who claims her husband slipped on a bathroom floor at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, says his injuries resulted in death.

Woman claims other woman interfered with 48-year marriage

By Ann Maher | Jun 21, 2012

A Cahokia woman claims a Florida woman interfered with her 48-year marriage.

Most foreclosure filings in Madison County in May involved Granite City property owners

By Ann Maher | Jun 14, 2012

One in every 566 housing units in Madison County received a foreclosure filing in May 2012, according to, a site that analyzes real estate trends nationwide.

Brooke joins Reeg Lawyers as partner

By Ann Maher | Jun 8, 2012

Brooke Attorney Ellen Brooke has joined Reeg Lawyers, LLC of Clayton, Mo. as a partner.

Maag files class certification motion in case against local towing company

By Ann Maher | Jun 7, 2012

Attorney Thomas G. Maag has filed a motion for class certification in a suit that claims a local firm has towed hundreds or more vehicles without owners' consent.

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