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Alton school superintendent pitches for 1 percent sales tax increase

ALTON – Alton School District Superintendent Mark Cappel thinks the stakes are high enough in the Madison County sales tax debate to justify taking his message to basically anyone who will listen.

Former Belleville alderman believes road repair project 'waste of taxpayer money,' will need to be redone

Belleville resident Lillian Schneider fears the worse when it comes to the road surface repair project the city has now embarked on using taxpayer money.

Judge Lisa Wilson to speak at Lawyers' Assistance Program dinner

PEORIA – The Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) is slated to hold its annual Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner at The Waterhouse in Peoria on Thursday, April 5, with this year’s event featuring the Honorable Judge Lisa Wilson as keynote speaker.

Attorney hopeful that civil court fees will be reformed in 2018 General Assembly session

Attorney Steven F. Pflaum of Chicago is hoping this year will mark the beginning of the end of rising court fees in the state's judicial system.

Court denies SIU summary judgment in former professor's suit, sends discrimination case to trial

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has denied the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University’s motion for summary judgment in a tenure dispute with a former professor, setting the case for trial instead.

Prenzler seeking candidates for new department heads

EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County Board is looking to immediately fill two key positions, including director of administrative services, where the department head will be entrusted with overseeing a $5 million budget.

Gibbons: Still undecided if Madison County will join in opioid litigation

EDWARDSVILLE – Tom Gibbons said his Madison County State’s Attorney’s office is still deciding if it will become involved in litigation that dozens of local governments across the country are taking up in what he calls the “fight of a generation.”

Herndon grants motion to exclude expert testimony in treestand suit

BENTON – District Judge David R. Herndon granted a Sniper Treestands' motion to exclude a pair of would-be expert witnesses in a suit alleging a man fell from defective equipment. 

Court grants Dynegy's leave to amend suit over defective scaffolding allegations

BENTON – U.S. Magistrate Reona Daly has delivered a mixed ruling in a personal injury suit.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Menard Correctional Facility inmate's complaint

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a Menard Correctional Facility inmate’s complaint for mandamus that named Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin and the administrative review board and two of its members as defendants.

Mike Babcock announces run for 111th House District, wants to 'restore faith in Illinois'

ALTON – Mike Babcock wants to do for Illinois what he has for Wood River Township and has announced his candidacy for state representative of the 111th District in 2018.

District court reopens Continental Tires the Americas discrimination case

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has reopened an ongoing discrimination suit where a former Continental Tires the Americas employee alleges that she was routinely subjected to a hostile work environment and rising levels of emotional distress.

Court upholds IEPA's denial of landfill post-closure certification after site found still to contain contaminants

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed an independent Illinois Pollution Control Board’s decision stipulating that regulations require extension of a sanitary landfill’s post-closure upkeep beyond 15 years if the possibility of a future violation still exists.

Fired Intergovernmental Grants Department worker ordered to amend complaint in St. Clair County suit

EAST ST. LOUIS – A fired St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department worker has until Aug. 24 to amend her complaint pending in federal court in East St. Louis.

Fifth District finds man was not prejudiced by counsel in armed robbery case

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that former Judge John Baricevic did not err in dismissing a postconviction petition of a defendant who disputed the validity of his waiver of counsel.

Andrew Kopon Jr. elected new International Association of Defense Counsel president

CHICAGO – The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has elected veteran Illinois attorney Andrew Kopon Jr. as its new president.

Fifth District denies man's petition, states he failed to show counsel deprived him of fair trial

The Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois has denied a local man’s postconviction petition on claims that his constitutional rights were violated at trial.

Madison County to host OMA and FOIA seminar

A seminar for local and appointed officials, as well as the publlic, on Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act issues will be held at 5 p.m., Aug. 9 in the county board room of the County Administration Building, 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

St. Clair County GOP head, running for 113th House District, calls tax hikes 'misguided'

St. Clair County GOP chair and candidate for state representative Doug Jameson said he fears that Illinois’ new state budget leaves the state in its worst predicament yet.

Court declines to dismiss discrimination against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

BENTON — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has denied a motion to dismiss a petition filed by the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SUIE) in an ongoing racial discrimination suit involving employee Janice LaRiviere.