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Madison County not liable for policies at children's exchange center, appeals court affirms

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

A man who claimed that a Madison County child custody exchange center violated the Illinois Civil Rights Act by unfairly making non-residential parents - usually fathers - wait longer than residential parents has had his lawsuit tossed.

Judge lays out trial plan for class claiming they were gypped over 'freshly brewed' Kcup advertising

By John Breslin | Jan 14, 2019

A federal court judge has laid out a new plan to deal with a class action against the makers of a coffee product.

Casino boss selected as associate judge, individual, company generous contributors to Democratic Party

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

The president of an East St. Louis ' riverboat casino has been selected to fill an open position as associate judge on the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Unclear whether Silas murder investigation remains open; Gleeson says JIB outcome will determine Duebbert return

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

Following the acquittal of David Fields, the man accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas of Belleville, it is unclear whether the investigation into the killing remains open, or if it is case closed.

County assures communities grants for parks and recreation will continue

By John Breslin | Dec 25, 2018

Madison County has assured those communities within the recently dissolved Collinsville Area Recreation District they will continue to provide grants for the management and upkeep of the parks.

Supreme Court grants attorney leave to challenge appeals court decision over legal malpractice claim

By John Breslin | Dec 17, 2018

An Edwardsville attorney was granted leave to appeal by the Illinois Supreme Court in a case with its roots in a claim of legal malpractice.

Defense Counsel Journal highlights trust transparency, punitive damages and product launch hurdles

By John Breslin | Dec 5, 2018

A Chicago-based international association of defense lawyers has published its most recent journal on the latest trends in law practices.

Outgoing Gov. Rauner decries veto override of damages cap bill, brands it 'invitation' to trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

Outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has decried the Illinois legislature's decision to override his veto of a bill greatly increasing the cap on the amount individuals can claim when they sue the state.

Township moves toward setting levy to $0, but calls for returning surplus to taxpayers resisted

By John Breslin | Nov 30, 2018

Collinsville Township Board of Trustees is moving towards a levy of zero next year, but a majority of its board members are resisting calls to deliver surplus money back to tax payers.

Asbestos defendants advised to discern potential BAP1 gene link in claimants

By John Breslin | Nov 27, 2018

Attendees at a recent conference on asbestos litigation were advised to ask claimants about the history of cancer in families, and potentially then ask for a test because of the link between some mesothelioma cases and potential genetic factors.

Overstreet reflects on successful election campaign to 10-year term at Fifth District

By John Breslin | Nov 26, 2018

Justice David Overstreet has described it as an honor to be elected by voters across 37 counties as he gains a permanent position on the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Legal services and support for veterans in Madison County flagged by judiciary

By John Breslin | Nov 12, 2018

Members of the judiciary in Madison County are flagging up free civil legal services and the network of groups available to support veterans.

Associate Judge Rudolf fends off Republican challenge for circuit court seat

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

Associate Judge Heinz Rudolph has defeated his Republican challenger for a seat on the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Kolker wins resident circuit seat; Republican Cason 'extremely disappointed' at tenor of race, attacks

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

Associate Judge Chris Kolker fended off a challenge from Republican Laninya Cason for a seat on the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Cruse and Gleeson pleased with voter confidence as they easily win retention in 20th Judicial

By John Breslin | Nov 7, 2018

Three judges were retained by voters in the 20th Judicial Circuit, including one who faced a campaign to oust her following a decision to lower bail for an alleged child murderer.

Madison County clerk candidates spar; Property tax exemptions the latest front

By John Breslin | Nov 5, 2018

In the race for Madision County Clerk, the two opponents have sparred now for weeks, largely with the challenger launching attacks, and the incumbent crying foul over a claimed smear campaign.

Busy times in Twentieth Judicial Circuit in final stretch of election cycle, and beyond

By John Breslin | Oct 31, 2018

Three contested judicial elections that could potentially lead to three associate judge vacancies, three retention polls, one judge still on administrative duties, and controversy over bail for an alleged child murderer - these are busy times within in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit and for its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.

Republican candidate in long shot bid for bench pulls few punches in attack against 'elitist' system

By John Breslin | Oct 30, 2018

Republican Katherine Ruocco is pulling few punches in the last week of her long shot bid for a place on the bench as a Twentieth Judicial circuit judge.

Circuit court candidates set out positions ahead of keenly watched poll; Evans upbeat on campaign

By John Breslin | Oct 30, 2018

Three open circuit court seats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit will be decided next week, in what are the most most competitive judicial contests seen for some years.

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