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Product liability case sets stage for angry exchange between Cook and opposing counsel

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 7:40am

BENTON – Belleville law firm leader Bruce N. Cook called opposing counsel a “cheating self important prig” by electronic mail, and later told him almost everything he does or says is deceitful.

Daddy's little girl won't be there to look out for his interests

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 7:03am

We took note, two years ago, when State Attorney General Lisa Madigan crossed one of those proverbial lines in the sand: She went to court to try to prevent state workers from receiving their paychecks during an expected government shutdown.

Reaction to civil asset forfeiture bill signing

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 6:58am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 303, which adds additional protections against civil asset forfeiture. The law will protect residents from having their property seized unjustly by the government if they are accused of a crime.

Special prosecutor in charge of Belleville murder investigation handled Lakin and other politically-sensitive cases

The Madison County Record Sep. 18, 2017, 3:00pm

SPRINGFIELD – Special prosecutor Charles Colburn of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office is the new leader of an investigation into the murder of Carl Silas in Belleville last December.

Haida wants leaks to stop in Carl Silas murder investigation

The Madison County Record Sep. 15, 2017, 3:32pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida said at a hearing on Sept. 15 that he would order Sheriff Rick Watson to stop leaks from the investigation of the murder of Carl Silas.

Power outage shuts down Madison County Criminal Justice Center

The Madison County Record Sep. 15, 2017, 9:32am

The Madison County Criminal Justice Center lost power Friday, forcing officials to close the building, according to a press release issued by the county.

Former LaSalle Co. state's attorney under indictment landed job as special prosecutor after voters ousted him

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2017, 9:28am

SPRINGFIELD – When the people of LaSalle County fired state’s attorney Brian Towne for actions worthy of indictment in the last general election, the people of Illinois hired him.

Here's a climate problem that is man-made (and correctable)

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2017, 5:05pm

If you hoped that Illinois might lose its dubious distinction as a state with one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, you hoped wrong.

St. Clair County real estate Aug. 22-28

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2017, 4:56pm

St. Clair County real estate listings: August 22 to August 28, 2017. A home at 116 Antler Creek Court in Caseyville sold for $356,000 on Aug. 23.

St. Clair County foreclosures Aug. 28-Sept. 1

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2017, 4:48pm

There were 10 foreclosures in St. Clair County from August 28 to September 1, 2017

ITLA responds to Harris poll

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2017, 12:04pm

If the U.S. Chamber wants a debate over what justice means for someone who lost a child due to a physician’s gross negligence, a worker maimed because his plant didn’t want to spend a few extra dollars for safer equipment, or for an individual killed when shrapnel severed their carotid artery after a defective airbag inexplicably exploded in their face, let’s have that debate.

Fifth District panel sides with Rauner in removing former Harrisburg mayor from Prison Review Board

The Madison County Record Sep. 11, 2017, 2:47pm

MOUNT VERNON – Gov. Bruce Rauner has won appellate court approval to remove former Harrisburg mayor Eric Gregg from the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

Like California, so goes Illinois as sanctuary state

The Madison County Record Sep. 7, 2017, 1:41pm

What recourse do law-abiding patriots have when elected officials blatantly show disrespect for our laws?

Proposed class action against guardrail maker Trinity Industries shutting down

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 4:10pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates have abandoned a mammoth suit seeking replacement of highway guardrails statewide.

Seventh Circuit reverses Blue Cross class cert from Central District; Similar claims playing out in St. Clair Co.

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 1:44pm

CHICAGO – Seventh Circuit appellate judges halted a class action on behalf of 10 million Blue Cross beneficiaries in Illinois and four other states, on Aug. 31.

Avocet challenges Gori Julian's fact-free case

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 12:28pm

“Round up the usual suspects.” That's the order Captain Renault gives to subordinates at the end of Casablanca, even though Rick, the man who shot Major Strasser, is standing right there in front of him.

Deposition: Bathon casts himself as fall guy in tax sale bid rig conspiracy

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 7:17am

EDWARDSVILLE – Former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon, who pleaded guilty of leading a conspiracy to rig bids, swore in May that he knew nothing about it because those who should have told him didn’t tell him.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit filed by woman accused of elder exploitation

The Madison County Record Aug. 31, 2017, 8:21am

BENTON – An Illinois woman charged with elder exploitation has lost her bid to sue Madison County, with the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Illinois dismissing her lawsuit with prejudice.

Asbestos defendant seeking sanctions in Madison Co. argues it was named ‘only to harass,’ and for ‘settlement ransom’

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 3:50pm

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges must ponder how much evidence a plaintiff needs to sue a defendant, in the context of a Madison County asbestos suit that the Gori Julian firm filed against more than 100 companies.

Gov. Rauner just says no to “overreach” legislation

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 2:51pm

Kudos to Gov. Bruce Rauner for exercising his amendatory veto power to spare Illinoisans the aggravation and expense of challenging a potentially unconstitutional law.