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Elections can be funny, but they’re not a joke

By The Madison County Record | Sep 19, 2018

“Due to the unusually large turnout expected, this year’s election will be held over a two-day period. Republicans will vote on Tuesday, Democrats on the following day.”

Voting Libertarian is not a wasted vote

By The Madison County Record | Sep 17, 2018

Kash Jackson and other Libertarians helped me figure out where I am on the political spectrum and what I want out of my elected officials.

Cahokia police pension trustees will take up Watson pay spike in October meeting

By Record News | Sep 13, 2018

CAHOKIA – Police pension trustees plan to investigate the calculation of benefits for former chief Rick Watson, current sheriff of St. Clair County.

Another trophy for attorney Stephen Tillery

By The Madison County Record | Sep 12, 2018

Big game hunters have bear rugs on the floors of their trophy rooms and stuffed animal heads mounted on the walls.

Calling Karmeier to witness stand might have risked plaintiffs’ case

By Record News | Sep 12, 2018

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

By Record News | Sep 11, 2018

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.

Police chief calls move to destroy Zastava improper while investigation is open

By Record News | Sep 11, 2018

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.

Somebody’s crazy and it’s not me

By The Madison County Record | Sep 6, 2018

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.

Watson's reliance on contract agreement that spiked police pension is challenged by Cahokia

By Record News | Sep 5, 2018

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

By Record News | Sep 4, 2018

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.

K-Mart to sell Florida distribution center to pay Tillery whistleblower settlement

By Record News | Sep 4, 2018

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.

Gilbert denies reconsideration in Cook firm's personal injury case

By Record News | Sep 3, 2018

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 committee reports nearly $46K in contributions during first quarter

By The Madison County Record | Aug 30, 2018

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.

Sheriff had pension benefits boosted by one-third in last month as Cahokia police chief

By Record News | Aug 27, 2018

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.

Peel files another appeal, wants 7th Circuit to give him one more shot at proving innocence

By Record News | Aug 21, 2018

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

By Record News | Aug 20, 2018

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.

Recent St. Clair County jury verdict result in mixed verdicts: tiny, big, and mistrial

By Record News | Aug 16, 2018

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.

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