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Plaintiffs in Hale v State Farm claim Karmeier-provided timeline will prove case; Trial set to start May 7

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm tainted the Illinois Supreme Court through Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier say that a timeline he gave to a news reporter in 2015 revealed corruption.

Requirements for political candidates should be sensible, and fairly enforced

Some fancy restaurants have dress codes, insisting that male patrons wear coats and ties on the premises and sometimes have extras on hand to loan out for those who show up in shirt sleeves.

Threat of sanctions lifted as trial against road builders gets under way in Benton

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle forgave defendants for filing a frivolous motion as trial approached, finding they acted in desperation and not in bad faith.

Wind power business granted expedited approval by ICC knocked down by appellate court

MOUNT VERNON – Illinois commerce commissioners improperly expedited an application for a wind power line 203 miles long, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on March 13.

Cook County judge to determine what to do with Patton votes

CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.

Clear choice for Illinois Governor is Ives

Rauner has millions of dollars to push big lies but his integrity can’t be found with a microscope.

Trial starts March 19 in road contractors’ fraud case; Yandle again rejects Murphy report

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle rejected expert testimony of former district judge Patrick Murphy about two weeks before he would have testified for road builders defending a fraud claim.

Former congressman Enyart stood in for son at hearing for Duebbert accuser

BELLEVILLE – Former Congressman Bill Enyart represented Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, accuser of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, in proceedings that reduced a felony charge against Rodriguez to a misdemeanor with no punishment.

Madison County voters should say NO to 1 percent sales tax hike

The state legislature raised our income taxes by 32 percent last summer, and now we are confronted with yet another local tax. At what point do we say enough is enough.

When Irish eyes are crying

We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. So we pretend as we turn out for parades sporting leprechaun hats and green garments adorned with shamrocks, washing down corned beef and cabbage with green beer at a church hall afterward as though this once-a-year repast were a regular part of our diet.

Wigginton opens practice on West Main in Belleville

BELLEVILLE – Former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton has opened an office at 7110 West Main Street.

Cook wants Gilbert to reverse Daly in insult-laden brief; Seeks more discovery in car crusher’s injury suit

BENTON – Bruce N. Cook of Belleville claims an adversary fooled a judge and lawyers including his own, but he insists the adversary didn’t fool him.

McCaskill donors include Who’s Who list of plaintiff attorneys; Simmons’ attorneys account for $200K

WASHINGTON – Attorney John Simmons of Alton and 35 other Simmons Hanly Conroy lawyers each gave Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill $5,400 last year, Federal Election Commission records show.

Group hired by Gardner to investigate Greitens owes back taxes; Delaware may void business June 1

St. Louis Record

ST. LOUIS – Enterra LLC, the company charging Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner $250 an hour to investigate Gov. Eric Greitens, hasn’t filed annual reports or anything else in the state where it organized or the state where it operates.

Duebbert accuser who agreed to 'intensive' drug treatment in initial felony guilty plea, bargains down to misdemeanor, no punishment

BELLEVILLE – Carlos A. Rodriguez of Belleville, who swears Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert committed a felony against him, bargained down his own felony charge to a misdemeanor with no punishment.

Proponents of 1 percent sales tax trying to 'sneak' it past 'off year' voters

The educational establishment knows how much you pay and they’ve figured out you’re taxed to the eye balls. The jig is up. So, guess what you’ve got on the “spring off year” March 20 ballot?

Money grubbing Illinois lawmakers see dollar signs in legalization of recreational marijuana

For those who say it's impossible to put the genie back in the bottle as recreational marijuana has wide acceptance, I say hog-wash to this! If the public knew the truth they would fight back against Illinois legislators who see the legalization of marijuana only in terms of the money it might net Illinois, and not about the detrimental effects upon its citizens.

You can trust Tom Gibbons, so he says

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons wants the process of choosing law firms to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit to be transparent and cooperative, and he's determined to make sure that any funds secured through litigation will be used exclusively for remediation of the consequences of the epidemic.

Summary judgment granted in Hardee’s slip and fall: ‘Plaintiff cannot ambush defendants with entirely new theory’

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle canceled an injury trial against a Hardee’s restaurant after deciding she wouldn’t let Alton lawyers Michael Glisson and Timothy Chartrand “ambush defendants with an entirely new theory.”

1 percent sales tax is back like a bad horror movie

It's like a bad 1980s horror movie franchise. "Sales Tax." "Sales Tax Returns." "Now Son of Sales Tax." When will it end?