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Class counsel in Hale v. State Farm seek $90 million in fees and costs from $250 million settlement

By Record News | Oct 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who settled a $10 billion racketeering claim against State Farm for $250 million seek about $90 million in fees and costs.

Watson apologizes to fellow police pension trustee over outburst at July meeting

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

CAHOKIA – St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson, as a trustee of Cahokia police pensions, apologized to fellow trustee Francella Jackson on Oct. 17, for his behavior at a previous board meeting.

Gleeson delays indefinitely Monsanto, Cerro Copper trial involving thousands of pollution claims

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Chief Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson, who had set the first of many pollution trials involving Monsanto and Cerro Copper to be taking place while voters decided whether to retain him, postponed it in August and delayed it indefinitely on Oct. 3.

Let’s put an end to identity politics

By The Madison County Record | Oct 17, 2018

Our world seems to have gone mad. Reason has been rejected and emotions rule. Thanks to identity politics, civil discourse is nearly impossible.

Gibbons must release internal investigation documents of sexual harassment, AG rules

By Record News | Oct 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons to release documents from an internal investigation of sexual harassment to former secretary Andrew Kane and the public.

Hoffman, Costello end Q3 with $1.36M combined compared to less than $10K held by competitors Jameson, Friess

By Record News | Oct 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Spending on downstate races to keep the Illinois State House controlled by Democrats rivals the ferocity playing out on a national level to put the minority party back in control of the U.S. House.

Lawyers near and far go big for Democrat judicial candidates; Republican challengers take note in 'we don't owe anyone' message

By Record News | Oct 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Four law firms provided 59 percent of itemized contributions to judicial campaigns of Democrats Heinz Rudolf, John O’Gara, and Christopher Kolker in the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Jay Hoffman - your mailer is shameful

By The Madison County Record | Oct 15, 2018

Jay Hoffman, have you gone crazy? Please explain to me how Doug Jameson stood by and did nothing at the Quincy Veterans Home. Doug was not an elected representative of the people of Illinois, you were.

Demonstrators picket outside Wood River Township over union dispute; Business rep says 'modest wage increase' is less than attorney fees

By Record News | Oct 10, 2018

Supporters and members of the local machinists’ union picketed outside of Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock’s office Tuesday in response to a union dispute between Babcock and the Township Assessor’s Office.

Smearing Republicans, a St. Clair County Democrat tradition

By The Madison County Record | Oct 10, 2018

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only candidate for a judgeship to have his reputation smeared by his political opponents.

Remember: 'When passions most inflamed, fairness is most in jeopardy'

By The Madison County Record | Oct 10, 2018

The recent conduct of the Democrats in the assessment of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court has been so outrageous that it cannot go un-noted. After seven investigations by the FBI not a single instance of a sexual impropriety has been noted against Justice Kavanaugh.

Vote Rauner, lest Illinois gain speed in downward spiral

By The Madison County Record | Oct 10, 2018

For most of my 90 years of life, Illinois was like heaven on earth for raising my children. Moderate Illinois tax rates made it possible for us to live comfortably.

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in Sauget pollution suit reduce fee from 40 to 26.5 percent

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers who lowered the expectations of 11,256 clients in a pollution suit against Monsanto and Cerro Copper lowered their fee as a result.

Watson must defend jail suicide suit brought by MacArthur Justice Center of Chicago

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BENTON – St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson must defend a claim of deliberate indifference in a jail suicide, U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle ruled on Oct. 4.

Lawyers supporting Dem candidate for Fifth District spent half of funds on polling in Hoerner v. Overstreet

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers independently supporting Fifth District appellate court candidate Kevin Hoerner paid $26,500 to Hart Research of Washington for polling on Oct. 7, state election board records show.

Cason wants record set straight on custody ruling; Says it was another judge who released child into dangerous home

By Record News | Oct 8, 2018

Republican judicial candidate Laninya Cason says she has been falsely accused of taking actions on the bench that led to the death of a child, and she faults her opponent for advancing his campaign by posting an article on social media that allegedly places her in a false light.

Fifth District reverses, remands Brooklyn murder case to determine if evidentiary hearing is needed

By Record News | Oct 6, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Former Twentieth Circuit chief judge John Baricevic should have taken seriously a prisoner’s claim of ineffective assistance at trial, Fifth District appellate judges decided on Sept. 26.

Is Robert Allen Jr. working hard or hardly working?

By The Madison County Record | Oct 3, 2018

In New Orleans, they know the story of the good old boy who loved to fish and had a dream job. He went fishing every day. Sometimes he brought home an ice chest full of catfish, bass, red snappers, or trout. Other times he caught nothing at all, but he’d had a nice relaxing day in his Jon boat out on the water.

IDOT worker fired for attempting to hire fellow Democrat - a county board member - sues Rauner admin

By Record News | Oct 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Former Illinois Department of Transportation human resources manager Shelly Shevlin of Freeburg, who lost her job after an ethics investigation, seeks reinstatement in St. Clair County circuit court.

Supreme Court denies leave to appeal decision raising doubts on $10 million Monsanto settlement

By Record News | Oct 1, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied leave to appeal an order questioning a $10 million settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

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