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Insurer wants court to declare it doesn't owe uninsured or under-insured coverage to Duebbert in motorcycle crash

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Progressive Northern Insurance Co. is seeking a declaration that a policy carried by Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert does not provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for a motorcycle accident he was involved in last year in Florida.

Towne sued by 15 out-of-staters arrested by SAFE; Long list of officials who participated in seizures also named

By Record News | Apr 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Individuals who served sentences and forfeited cash pursuant to arrests by a fake police squad on Interstate 80 sued the LaSalle County board and former state’s attorney Brian Towne in U.S. district court on April 5.

Can we just have an honest election?

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to choose our own representatives. But if the slate we get to choose from is subject to vetting by political operatives, maybe we're not so fortunate.

We're not sorry to see 'Sorry Works!' go

By The Madison County Record | Apr 4, 2018

Last Friday, in a move designed to chip away at our bloated state budget by streamlining government operations and eliminating unnecessary expenditures, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order abolishing 19 government bodies that have been inactive for five years or more.

Parties in UConnect case want May trial re-set; Harman challenges attorney Flynn’s standing

By Record News | Apr 4, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Carmaker Chrysler and instrument maker Harman International have filed a joint motion with lawyer Brian Flynn of Belleville to scrub a May 14 trial on Flynn’s claim that hackers can seize control of his Jeep.

Trial date in Duebbert case moves up from June 23 to May 7

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney quietly accelerated the felony trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, moving it up from June 23 to May 7.

Hale v. State Farm trial postponed four months until after Labor Day

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon postponed for four months a jury trial on a $9 billion claim against State Farm.

Road contractor plans to appeal $8.1 million jury verdict

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

BENTON – Southern Illinois Asphalt plans to challenge a jury verdict holding it liable for $8,169,512.84 on a misrepresentation claim.

Herndon denies Madison County officials’ move to dismiss Lavite’s First Amendment lawsuit

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Madison County must defend retaliation claims of Veteran Assistance Superintendent Bradley Lavite, U.S. District Judge David Herndon decided on March 29.

Weapons of grassroots destruction: Challenge petition signatures and circulators

By Record News | Mar 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Even though finances and name ID are arguably the most important factors for success at the ballot box, campaigns are sometimes lost before they even begin when political operatives set out to eliminate competition before voters have a chance to do it unto their own.

Jurors award family $8.1 million in trial involving company’s failure to disclose all insurance

By Record News | Mar 27, 2018

BENTON – Jurors in U.S. district court awarded a family more than $8 million on a claim that Southern Illinois Asphalt misrepresented its insurance when negotiating with them in prior litigation.

'Equal rights' amendment sounds really good, but it's really, really bad

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2018

The year is 2018, but nothing has changed since 1979. Women's Lib is still pushing for a gender-free or unisex society, and having ERA ratified as an Amendment to the Constitution is its vehicle for success.

If it claims to be natural, sue it-that’s the natural way in St. Clair County

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2018

What could be more natural – at least, in St. Clair County – than a flurry of class action lawsuits claiming that some “all natural” products are not as “natural” as advertised, that consumers of said products have been cheated, and that they and their attorneys deserve to be compensated for the alleged fraud?

‘Unnatural’ class actions in St. Clair County total 21; One shopper tricked by non-dairy creamer label

By Record News | Mar 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Local lawyer David Nelson has sued 21 food and soap makers in St. Clair County circuit court in three years for labeling products as natural.

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

By Record News | Mar 20, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 20, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 20, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 20, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 17, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 15, 2018

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

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