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Illinois' legal climate 'a recipe for disaster,' new ILR survey says

Karen Kidd Sep. 12, 2017, 6:49am

CHICAGO – Illinois has "a recipe for disaster" when it comes to dishing out a good legal climate, according to a video by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which owns this publication.

Gleeson named McCormick Foundation executive fellow

Karen Kidd Jul. 31, 2017, 5:57pm

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has been selected as a fellow of an early childhood development institute, according to an institute announcement released July 26.

Cahokia nursing center sued over woman's 2015 death

Karen Kidd May 2, 2017, 7:28pm

BELLEVILLE – A Cahokia woman is suing a local nursing center for more than $250,000 over the 2015 death of her aunt who she claims died in extreme pain as the result of medical negligence.

Clay City man's widow alleges his death was caused by Roundup exposure

Karen Kidd May 2, 2017, 6:48pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – The death of a 48-year-old Clay City man last year was caused by the Monsanto-produced weed control product Roundup, according to a lawsuit filed by the man's widow earlier this year.

May 8 teleconference date set in Illinois lottery fraud case

Karen Kidd Apr. 24, 2017, 3:02pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A scheduling and discovery conference is set for early next month in the fraud case of the now former private management firm of the Illinois Lottery, filed following a newspaper's investigation.

Case of 4-year-old struck and killed in 2014 back before St. Clair County court

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2017, 7:31am

The case of a St. Clair County mother suing the father of her 4-year-old son and the driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck and killed him in 2014 is now back before the trial court in St. Clair County after an appeals court vacated a previous ruling.

MAO/MSP trio files class action against State Farm over unreimbursed medical expenses

Karen Kidd Mar. 17, 2017, 12:46pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A trio of Medicare Advantage Organization/Medicare Secondary Payer companies have filed a putative class action against State Farm for not reimbursing the medical expenses the companies paid on behalf of its policyholders.

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust claims Wood River woman owes on private student loan

Karen Kidd Mar. 13, 2017, 10:02am

EDWARDSVILLE — A student loan packaging and investing trust is going after a Madison County woman for a private student loan she took out from an Albany, New York, bank in 2005

Cancer patient seeking more than $500,000 from defendants in asbestos case

Karen Kidd Mar. 13, 2017, 9:37am

EDWARDSVILLE — A man suffering from what he claims is asbestos-induced lung cancer is seeking damages in excess of $500,000 from more than 60 defendants who allegedly contributed to his illness.

Student loan servicer's practices not in borrower's best interest, class action complaint says

Karen Kidd Mar. 11, 2017, 8:31am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Shiloh woman has filed a more than $5 million class action against her student-loan servicer, who she claims steered her and possibly thousands of other financially stressed borrowers into repayment programs that benefited the servicer more than the borrowers.

Wood River business owners sue Roxana woman over defamatory social media posts

Karen Kidd Mar. 11, 2017, 8:26am

EDWARDSVILLE — A couple who owns a Wood River vehicle wraps and window-tinting business are suing a Roxana woman over defamatory Facebook and other online posts challenging one of the owners' Native American heritage and claiming the two are in an abusive relationship.

Most write-in races unsuccessful, St. Clair County Clerk says

Karen Kidd Mar. 9, 2017, 7:38am

Write-in candidates, including those in April's consolidated elections, have some unusual hurdles to clear in Illinois that make winning their races difficult, St. Clair County Clerk Thomas Holbrook said.

AFSCME pitting members against taxpayers in possible strike, think tank attorney says

Karen Kidd Mar. 4, 2017, 10:34am

CHICAGO – The largest public employee union in Illinois is exaggerating its support and pitting members against taxpayers in its announced willingness to strike, a conservative think tank attorney said during a recent interview.

Tort reform needs to be part of 'grand bargain,' advocate says

Karen Kidd Feb. 17, 2017, 7:21am

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner urged lawmakers on Wednesday to reach a budget deal that includes cost-saving system reforms as well as new taxes, a legal reform advocate said there also needs to be tort reform.

'Loser pays' standard from Idaho likely wouldn't make it in Illinois Supreme Court, litigation reformer says

Karen Kidd Feb. 16, 2017, 12:10pm

SPRINGFIELD – A new "loser pays" standard set down by the Idaho Supreme Court last fall, and now challenged by a bill in that state's Legislature, likely would never fly in Illinois courts, a litigation reform advocate said during a recent interview.

'Obama Phenomenon' author says he hopes new title will be call to action

Karen Kidd Feb. 10, 2017, 8:58am

The unveiling later this month of the cover of the latest book by author and political consultant Ray Coleman, "Have God Will Travel," is part of a series he envisioned almost 30 years ago, Coleman said during a recent interview.

Senate adopts leadership term limits while House again adopts 'Madigan's rules'

Karen Kidd Jan. 25, 2017, 10:50am

SPRINGFIELD – Newly adopted term limits for the Illinois Senate president and minority leader were approved on the new General Assembly's first day earlier this month, but any kind of similar proposal for leaders in the lower chamber will not likely advance under "Madigan's rules."

Next talc-cancer case scheduled in St. Louis Feb. 6; Trial set after J&J loses jurisdictional appeal

Karen Kidd Jan. 24, 2017, 4:21pm

ST. LOUIS – The latest lawsuit in the nation's controversial talc-related litigation center is set to begin in St. Louis next month with more than 60 women and family members seeking damages against New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson.Swann vs Johnson & Johnson et.

Candidate for Belleville mayor taking on incumbent because he's tired of 'lack of leadership'

Karen Kidd Jan. 12, 2017, 5:07pm

BELLEVILLE – Belleville City Clerk Dallas B. Cook says he wants to be mayor because he's sick and tired of Mark Eckert being mayor.

Taxpayers United of America says Madigan likely won't step down despite petition

Karen Kidd Jan. 11, 2017, 12:38am

SPRINGFIELD (Madison - St. Clair Record) – The number of signatures is growing on a petition urging Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan to step down but Taxpayers United of America's executive director says he's very realistic about the chances Madigan will do that.