The Madison County Record News
CAHOKIA – Police pension trustees plan to investigate the calculation of benefits for former chief Rick Watson, current sheriff of St. Clair County.
EAST ST. LOUIS – Class action lawyers may have taken a risk by calling Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier to the stand in their trial against State Farm, according to an article published in 2013 by Corporate Counsel magazine.
State Farm could have argued other companies wanted Karmeier on court because of asbestos, class actions
EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon gave class action lawyers many tools to damage Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier and State Farm, but on the eve of trial he opened a hole in the class’s armor.
O’FALLON – Whoever sought a court order to destroy a high capacity Zastava rifle did so without contacting the arresting agency to see if an investigation was still open or if the weapon had any evidentiary value, according to O'Fallon police chief Eric Van Hook.
If you’ve ever been in a situation where someone was saying or doing something that made no sense to you at all, and the only reasonable conclusion seemed to be that one of you was somehow impaired, then you know what a creepy feeling it is to wonder if you’re the one who’s lost your grip.
BELLEVILLE – While St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson relies on a contract for Cahokia police managers to justify a pension equal to his last salary as police chief in 2011, the village currently challenges the document’s validity in court.
Stiehl restores elderly woman’s desire to live independently, dissolving guardianship move by daughter
BELLEVILLE – Newly appointed St. Clair County Circuit Judge William Stiehl ruled that Margaret Ashmann, 85, whose daughter won approval from two previous judges to act as her guardian, should return to her home in Fairview Heights and run her own life.
EAST ST. LOUIS – Failing retailer K-Mart found a buyer for a Florida property it put on the market to pay for losing a lawsuit to St. Louis lawyer Stephen Tillery.
BENTON – Senior U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert, cranky when he rejected an injury suit from a client of Bruce Cook’s firm in June, tersely denied reconsideration.
Committee to Elect Judge O'Gara reported receiving $45,956.75 from Jan. 1 through March 31, according to its first quarter report to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Herndon's pre-trial rulings in Hale v. State Farm lean heavily in favor of plaintiff; Chief Justice Karmeier in crosshairs
Herndon plans a trial to begin Sept. 4 and lasting at least through October.
CAHOKIA – Pension benefits for former Cahokia police chief Rick Watson, now St. Clair County sheriff, were boosted by 33 percent in his last 35 days as chief, according to records of the trustees and the state insurance commission.
CHICAGO – Former lawyer Gary Peel, who spent 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography and for bankruptcy fraud, wants U.S. Seventh Circuit appellate judges to give him one last shot at proving his innocence.
Deputy election clerk who lost job for filing campaign paperwork on government time, has worked for many Democrat office holders
BELLEVILLE – Margaret Eros of Belleville, whose actions as treasurer for Sheriff Rick Watson’s campaign caused her to lose her job as a St. Clair County election clerk last week, has worked hard for several other Democrat office holders through the years.
BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County jurors in recent civil trials rendered a big verdict for one plaintiff, tiny verdicts for two, and no verdict at all for one.