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Candidate for judgeship cites entrenched power as main obstacle to successful run

By John Breslin | Jun 4, 2018

Laninya Cason knows where she needs to get the votes to win the race for Resident Circuit Judge in St. Clair County - the city where she grew up and where her family still lives, East St. Louis.

Gilbert orders airline company to address citizenship issue in removal request

By John Breslin | May 24, 2018

District judge Phil Gilbert ordered an airline company to try again to remove a personal injury suit from St. Clair County to federal court, requiring the defendant to address questions of citizenship.

Fifth District affirms default judgment against nightclub

By John Breslin | May 24, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to award more than $40,000in damages to a woman injured when she fell inside an East St. Louis Shriners building.

Electronic monitoring evidence cannot be introduced in murder trial

By John Breslin | May 18, 2018

Evidence that a man accused of murder was on electronic home detention when the shooting death happened cannot be used in his trial, an appeals court has ruled,

Study predicts most new cases of mesothelioma will not be related to occupational exposure after 2040

By John Breslin | May 7, 2018

A new study has found that all new cases of mesothelioma will largely be so-called "background," that is not linked to the hazards of directly working around asbestos, after 2040.

From Legal Newsline

More aggressive defenses expected in asbestos cases as new information emerges of other cancer causes

By John Breslin | Apr 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Companies named in asbestos lawsuits may employ more aggressive defenses as information emerges that other factors can cause the particular type of cancer that leads to the costliest settlements and verdicts.

Challenges ahead with transition to statewide court e-filing, especially with 'eye-popping' number of asbestos cases

By John Breslin | Apr 20, 2018

Madison County's Circuit Clerk will not receive any additional funding in his budget to manage the challenge of abiding by an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that all counties must feed filings into a statewide system by July 1.

In latest decision over Superfund site, court finds in favor of toxic waste haulage company

By John Breslin | Apr 18, 2018

In the most recent judgment linked to the legacy of widespread contamination at and surrounding two industrial sites in St. Clair County, an appeals court has ruled in favor of a trucking company accused of contributing to the pollution, and against its insurer.

Governor abolishes boards and committees, includes medical apology program that never was

By John Breslin | Apr 4, 2018

An executive order abolishing various bodies and committees was signed Friday, a move made to streamline government and save costs, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner's office.

Meier running his own race, says he's not endorsing either candidate for governor

By John Breslin | Mar 7, 2018

Incumbent state Rep. Charlie Meier has not endorsed or otherwise supported either candidate for Illinois governor.

Democratic House incumbents urged to demand Speaker Madigan's resignation

By John Breslin | Mar 4, 2018

As controversy continues to swirl dangerously around Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan over his handling of harassment allegations, Republican candidates for state office are calling on their Democratic rivals to demand his resignation.

St. Clair County clerk agrees to cease 'loss and cost of collection' increase on taxing districts

By John Breslin | Jan 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Clerk Thomas Holbrook has agreed to stop adding a percentage to line items in district levies which ended up increasing property tax paid by homeowners.

54th Senate District candidate: Small business owners concerned about workers' comp 'causation' rule

By John Breslin | Dec 20, 2017

Small business owners complain the most about one particular aspect of workers' compensation legislation, the

Crowded field of AG candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office

By John Breslin | Nov 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement earlier this year that she will not seek another term has led to an avalanche of candidates announcing intentions to run, at least on the Democratic side.

Madison County board committee approves bipartisan budget

By John Breslin | Nov 6, 2017

Creating a balanced budget and a reduced property tax levy in Madison County -- and passing it in committee -- was difficult, but both sides of the political divide made concessions, according to the chairman of the county board.

AG Madigan likely heading for private practice, views differ on legacy

By John Breslin | Sep 26, 2017

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will likely go into private law practice after announcing she is not running again for the post, according to political analysts in the state.

Former College of DuPage board member files amended suit against watchdog group; ECW predicts it will fail

By John Breslin | Sep 6, 2017

A former College of DuPage Foundation Board member has filed an amended complaint against a watchdog group and its founders after the original complaint was dismissed.

Metro East Sanitary District efficiency audit to follow layoffs

By John Breslin | Jul 12, 2017

GRANITE CITY — Outside experts are expected to carry out an audit of operations within the Metro East Sanitary District (MESD), a move that follows 10 layoffs and promises 10 more this year.

Apology laws do not reduce medical malpractice suits, study finds

By John Breslin | Feb 10, 2017

Apology laws that allow physicians to express sympathy to patients and families without it being used against them have not reduced the number of medical malpractice suits filed, or the amounts paid out, according to a new study.

Washington Park village consultant survives attempt to terminate his contract

By John Breslin | Dec 27, 2016

A mayoral consultant in the St. Clair County village of Washington Park will continue in his job after trustees voted not to override a veto blocking his termination.

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