Top News

Lawyers’ Assistance Program can help attorneys cope with stress

CHICAGO – Lawyers face a number of stress-inducing challenges in the performance of their work that can bring on severe depression and chemical dependency if left untreated, studies show.

Progressive tax increase proposal faces uphill battle; Meier says he's always been against 'money grab'

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker is pushing a progressive tax increase plan for wealthier wage earners in the state and as Republicans line up against it, observers predicted the billionaire businessman’s attempt will be a tough sell.

Election judges always in demand as primary election approaches, county clerks say

EDWARDSVILLE – County clerks in Madison and St. Clair counties said finding judges to serve in primary and general elections is a constant need.

St. Clair County GOP chair says Rauner is the best candidate for governor; Ives campaign claims Rauner is unelectable

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Republican chairwoman Barbara Viviano said only incumbent Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner can defeat Democrat contender J.B. Pritzker this November and that Rauner’s Republican challenger Jeanne Ives is unelectable.

Fifth District denies appeal of man found guilty of first-degree murder in 1997

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Nov. 27 affirmed an earlier dismissal by the St. Clair County Circuit Court of a convicted killer’s claims that he was denied due process because he had been appointed an ineffective attorney.

Fifth District upholds denial of man's workers' compensation claim

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Nov. 1 denied an appeal by Robert Leyden to collect workers' compensation benefits after Leyden alleged he was injured in an on-the-job accident.

Man drops suit against Equifax, bank over Fair Credit Reporting Act allegations

BENTON – A consumer who was suing Equifax Information Services LLC and the 1st National Bank of Omaha alleging that the financial institutions engaged in unfair and inaccurate reporting after the man’s debts had been cleared in a bankruptcy hearing has dropped his case.

Fifth District upholds ruling rejecting man's request to vacate commitment

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Oct. 4 upheld the rejection of the appeal of a man seeking annulment of a court order that had committed him as a sexually violent person, ruling that allegations he did not have the mental capacity to understand the proceedings against him were groundless.

Greensfelder Hemker attorney joins USA&M arbitration panel

ST. LOUIS - Mary Ann Wymore, an attorney with the St. Louis-based firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, has joined the mediation panel of the U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), a leading provider of legal mediation and arbitration services.

Edwardsville attorney receives Martindale Hubbell award

EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville attorney Ron E. Foster of Walton Telkin Foster has received the AV preeminent recognition of Martindale Hubbell award, presented in recognition of the highest ethical standards and legal abilities.

Appellate court affirms ruling for State Farm in Belleville property owner's fire claim

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a verdict denying a Belleville property owner's fraud claims against State Farm Insurance Co. regarding a fire-damaged property.

Court rules Toyota Boshoku America Inc. can file answer to lawsuit alleging wrongful termination

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois ruled Sept. 6 that a manufacturer and seller of auto-related components Toyota Boshoku America Inc., doing business as Toyota Boshoku of Illinois LLC, be allowed time to file an answer to an amended complaint made by a woman who alleged she was wrongfully terminated by the company.

Federal judge denies adding defendants to coal mine suit, saying it was attempt to defeat jurisdiction

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois declined a request to add additional defendants to a lawsuit seeking damages for a man killed in a coal mine accident, saying it was an attempt to remand the case from federal jurisdiction to an Illinois state court.

Civil rights leader, author: 'You can be born in a ghetto, but the ghetto isn’t born in you'

EDWARDSVILLE – The message local civil rights leader Bobby Collins hopes to impart to people who read his new book titled “No Excuses, Biography of Bobby Collins,” is one of motivation, hope and courage.

Seminar for attorneys on choosing expert witnesses set for Chicago on Sept. 7

CHICAGO – An instructional seminar hosted by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) will advise attorneys on how to pick expert witnesses to back up their client’s defense.

Plaintiff's motion denied in Kmart, Medicare false claims case

EAST ST. LOUIS – A move by plaintiff James Garbe to compel the production of retail giant Kmart's privileged attorney-client communications in a False Claims Act (FCA) case has been denied.

Illinois Supreme Court rejects woman’s alternative driving impairment claim

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court on April 20 rejected the appeal of a woman who maintained that it was low blood pressure and not illegal drugs that caused her to lose consciousness at the wheel of her car and seriously injure two other people in a crash.

Analysis: Pension fiasco spells future trouble for Illinois

CHICAGO — The state's mountain of retirement-related debt is $267 billion, up from $203 billion in 2010, according to new analysis from the Illinois Policy Institute.