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Workers' comp studies show Illinois remains a high-price state

By John Breslin | May 24, 2019

Illinois remains a high-price state when it comes to workers' compensation, with costs driven by substantial attorney involvement in cases and medical-legal bills, according to a recently published study by an independent research institute.

Transgender inmate sues IDOC director, prison staff over alleged sexual assault, asks court for transfer to female facility

By John Breslin | May 23, 2019

A transgender person in prison has asked a federal court to order a transfer to a female prison after allegedly being the victim of repeated sexual harassment.

Property owner alleges Alton failed to maintain storm drains

By John Breslin | May 17, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE -- An Alton investment consultant is suing the city, alleging it failed to properly maintain the storm sewer system, which led to flooding of his business premises.

Fifth District affirms summary judgment for finance company in lease agreement dispute

By John Breslin | May 10, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge's ruling ordering a doctor and his wife to pay a finance company regarding an agreement they entered into more than a decade ago.

East St. Louis Township conducting forensic audit; Supervisor: Audit is to ensure township is ‘spending money the right way’

By John Breslin | May 10, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – A forensic audit into East St. Louis Township finances is being carried out after the township used $55,000 from its certificate of deposit account to meet payroll.

Fifth District denies claim for additional workers' compensation benefits for former coal worker

By John Breslin | May 10, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court denied a former coal company worker's claim for increased workers' compensation benefits in a case that stretches back more than two decades.

Suit: Head Start employees allegedly forced child to strip naked and locked him in room

By John Breslin | Apr 25, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE -- Two employees of an East St. Louis pre-school program are accused of stripping a child naked and locking him in either a closet or a room.

Madison County officials feud over access to records; Prenzler's team counter sues Auditor Faccin

By John Breslin | Apr 24, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE -- Madison County officials are countersuing auditor Rick Faccin for access to his office's financial software, which he has vowed to keep private.

Appeals court reverses sexual abuse conviction

By John Breslin | Apr 3, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A sex offense conviction was reversed after the trial court judge committed an error when he found the defendant guilty of a lesser offense rather than the one he was charged with, an appeals court has ruled.

Veterans sue opioid manufacturers and distributors, claim their actions led to addiction

By John Breslin | Apr 1, 2019

Three veterans are suing the manufacturers and distributors of opioids, claiming they should have, or did, know the dangers of the drugs, particularly to those suffering from long term pain.

Wood River could face lawsuit over signs on city-owned land promoting 'yes' vote in tax referendum

By John Breslin | Mar 27, 2019

The City of Wood River may face legal action over the use of public resources to promote one side in a referendum on increasing the city sales tax.

Fifth District affirms conviction in distracted driving case where defendant was videotaping Wood River cops

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A jury was correct in finding a defendant guilty of driving while improperly using an electronic device, the Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled.

Court throws out convict's appeal for post-conviction relief over sentencing

By John Breslin | Mar 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- An appeals court has ruled against a convicted violent offender who sought post- conviction relief over consecutive sentences handed down by a trial judge.

Appeals court rules 22-year sentence for armed violence not excessive

By John Breslin | Mar 1, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A 22-year sentence imposed by a circuit court judge after a pleaded guilty to armed violence was not excessive, the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed.

Man branded sexually dangerous loses bid to overturn conviction

By John Breslin | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A man found to be a sexually dangerous person has failed in his bid to overturn the conviction, with an appeals court ruling the trial judge did not err in allowing the defendant to represent himself.

Trooper who carried out roadside strip search ruled properly convicted of aggravated assault

By John Breslin | Feb 25, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- A state trooper who carried out a roadside strip search of a man was properly convicted of aggravated assault even though he went on trial for the more serious offense of aggravated battery, an appeals court has ruled.

Gilbert grants summary judgment for Union Pacific in injured engineer's negligence case

By John Breslin | Feb 20, 2019

BENTON -- District judge J. Ryan Gilbert granted summary judgment to a railroad company in a case alleging one of its engineers slipped and fell as he inspected a train.

Fifth District affirms Collinsville burglary conviction

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2019

MOUNT VERNON. -- A burglary conviction will stand after the Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a jury verdict that the defendant argued was reached without sufficient evidence to find him guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Belleville criminal defense attorney named St. Clair County State's Attorney

By John Breslin | Jan 25, 2019

Belleville criminal defense lawyer James Gomric is set to be appointed St. Clair County's new state's attorney.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

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