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Democrat candidates facing St. Clair Co.-only voters win big - not so much for two crossing county line

By Record News | Nov 13, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Democrats won nearly all the local races on Nov. 6, but two who ventured beyond the county line plunged to defeat.

Watson must produce sexual misconduct allegation records against any member of Sheriff's Dept. back to 2012

By Record News | Nov 13, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County sheriff Rick Watson must produce records on sexual misconduct allegations against any member of the department since January 2012, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams ruled on Nov. 8.

We know you’re not happy, but shut up about it!

By The Madison County Record | Nov 13, 2018

If your lawyers negotiated a $20 million settlement for you, you’d be happy as a lark, wouldn’t you? You certainly wouldn’t complain about a jackpot like that. Only a colossal ingrate would act as if he’d been cheated by a settlement of that size.

ABA class action expert calls expenses of 25.8% in $21 million Monsanto settlement 'high'

By Record News | Nov 13, 2018

NEW YORK CITY – Louis Burke, the American Bar Association’s expert on class actions, said he has never seen anything like the 25.8 percent charge for expenses in a settlement between Monsanto and plaintiffs in a pollution suit.

Monsanto plaintiffs fuming over pollution settlement netting lawyers more than claimants

By Record News | Nov 12, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers who settled 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto for about $21 million paid most of it to themselves and their experts before doling out the remainder to their clients at an average of $873.

We the people

By The Madison County Record | Nov 8, 2018

Well, that’s that. The election’s over. Everything’s back to normal. Maybe we’re happy with the outcome, maybe not, or maybe we’re ambivalent. It doesn’t matter anymore because it’s all behind us now. We can all be friends again and not pay any attention to politics for the next year or so.

Gibbons office refuses to release internal sexual harassment report, saying AG order non-binding

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons rejected a request from the office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan for public access to records from an investigation into sexual harassment in his office.

Following July mistrial, case against Fields to go before jury Dec. 3

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Circuit Judge Robert Haida, who left decisions on testimony hanging in suspense when he granted a mistrial to murder suspect David Fields in July, must make those decisions for a second trial starting Dec. 3.

At $3.4 million, Bristow-Babcock race in 111th is most expensive in state, report says

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

Which House race in the State of Illinois has run the most expensive campaign this season?

Trial lawyers give big October boost to Democrats and Madigan

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Fifteen plaintiff law firms poured $1,695,850 into Democratic campaigns in October, records of the Illinois State Board of Elections show.

Democrat committee pours last minute $250K into Senate candidate Belt’s race

By Record News | Nov 4, 2018

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois Democratic Heartland, a committee the party created to elect Downstate legislators, gave 57th Senate District candidate Christopher Belt $250,000 on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Dining, drinks and groceries account for roughly 13-15 percent of Hoerner, Kolker spending

By Record News | Oct 31, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Fifth District appellate court candidate Kevin Hoerner spent $14,496.90 on itemized bills at restaurants and taverns this year through Sept. 30, state election board records show.

Madigan’s trial lawyer majority

By The Madison County Record | Oct 31, 2018

Mike Madigan’s one of the most powerful and influential men in Illinois, and he never misses a chance to increase his power and extend his influence. In his dual capacity as House speaker and state Democratic Party chairman, he has ample opportunity to do both.

Disappearing sign mystery partly solved by camera; But county board member says signs in right of way are wrong

By Record News | Oct 31, 2018

St. Clair County Board member Bob Trentman, who represents District 14 in Belleville, doesn't deny it was him captured in a photograph before dawn on Oct. 25 removing a political sign from right of way property on Lebanon Avenue near its T-intersection with Hartman Lane.

Spending in Overstreet-Hoerner pales in comparison to $1.7M trial lawyer-funded '16 races

By Record News | Oct 30, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Democrats who spent $1,731,670.25 on a pair of Fifth District appellate court races two years ago haven’t come close to matching that support for current candidate Kevin Hoerner.

Herndon rejects Veteran’s case banning him from MC admin building, rules for Gibbons, Lakin

By Record News | Oct 30, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Current and former Madison County leaders acted reasonably when they banned veterans assistance superintendent Brad Lavite from the administration building, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled on Oct. 29.

State police reports show St. Clair Co. had highest homicide rate in state from 2010-16

By Record News | Oct 27, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – St. Clair County posted the state’s highest homicide rate from 2010 to 2016, and ranked near the top in rape, robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault and battery, according to annual state police reports.

St. Clair Co. Democrats gearing up for Election Day; Candidate committees pony up $146K in 10 days

By Record News | Oct 25, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Democratic candidates in St. Clair County, preparing to deploy a battalion of workers for the Nov. 6 election, sent $146,935 from their own treasuries to the party’s central committee in 10 days.

It’s time to launch a taxpayer revolt in Illinois

By The Madison County Record | Oct 24, 2018

Career politicians like to talk about “sustainability,” which is really just a pretext for government officials interfering in the affairs of average citizens and presuming to tell us how to live our daily lives: what kind of cars we should drive, how high or low we should set the thermostats in our homes, whether we should barbecue in our own backyards or not, and on and on. It seems like nothing we do is too insignificant for them to criticize, tax, and regulate.

Clayborne’s legal bill defending contractor is prioritized over homeowner's judgment in shoddy work lawsuit, plaintiff says; Judge refutes

By Record News | Oct 23, 2018

A Belleville homeowner who won a lawsuit against a home repair contractor is speaking out, saying the real winner isn't her, but rather the politically connected law firm that represented the man she sued.

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