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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.

Former prosecutor pursuing age discrimination suit, confesses to mishandling tickets for friend

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 2:17pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former Madison County prosecutor Julia Matoesian, wife of Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian, rigged tickets for clients of their friend, Alton attorney Steve Selby, according to a confession she submitted in U.S. district court on Aug. 26.

Seventh Circuit upholds $60K Rosewood fine finding it failed to investigate kiss

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 12:04pm

CHICAGO – Rosewood Care Center of Swansea must pay a $60,500 penalty for abuse including failure to separate employees too angry at each other to help a helpless person, Seventh Circuit appellate judges ruled on Aug. 22.

Lakin settles sexual abuse suit that set stage for criminal prosecution

The Madison County Record Aug. 28, 2017, 12:52pm

BELLEVILLE – Former Madison County lawyer Tom Lakin has settled the sexual abuse suit that set him on the path to prison 11 years ago.

Deposition transcript: Karmeier testifies he had no knowledge of State Farm support in ’04 election

The Madison County Record Aug. 25, 2017, 9:17am

EAST ST. LOUIS – State Farm, defending a claim that it corrupted the Illinois Supreme Court by securing the election of Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004, has filed two bits of a deposition swearing he knew nothing of support from State Farm.

Man jailed for crime he did not commit settles claims against St. Clair Co. over coerced confession in Cahokia

The Madison County Record Aug. 23, 2017, 8:00am

BENTON – Lawyers for Jerry Outlaw of Cahokia have settled a claim that Cahokia police coerced a false confession from him.

Lawyer sent packing with a warning

The Madison County Record Aug. 22, 2017, 4:33pm

When judges are too subtle or give the parties appearing before them too much credit for intelligence and integrity, erroneous conclusions can be drawn by the latter.

VAC chief claims former county administrator destroyed computer drive to hide evidence

The Madison County Record Aug. 22, 2017, 4:28pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente destroyed the operating system of his computer in order to hide evidence in a civil suit, county veteran assistance superintendent Brad Lavite alleged on Aug. 16.

Fifth District: Collinsville officer abused rights of driver who possessed 33 grams of heroin

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 4:33pm

MOUNT VERNON – Collinsville policeman Stacey McElroy plucked more than an ounce of heroin from a car after 16 minutes of investigation, too slow for appellate judges who found he abused the driver’s rights by taking so long.

Appeal granted to Ricki Jones in tax dispute with former wife reversed at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 1:39pm

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County Associate Judge Martin Mengarelli improperly granted former embezzler Ricki Jones an appeal in a tax dispute with former wife Dorothy Boos, Fifth District judges decided on Aug. 11.

'Speculation' about Cook County 'pop tax' proves accurate

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 12:54pm

“As to the concerns that improper collection of the tax will open the Merchants up to litigation, any such notion is merely speculation at this point and does not render the Ordinance unconstitutionally vague.”

State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 7:46am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

St. Clair County seeks class certification in Trinity guard rail litigation

The Madison County Record Aug. 14, 2017, 5:47pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and special assistant David Cates, who claim a Texas firm must remove bad guardrails from roads statewide, expect local crews to distinguish good ones from bad ones.

Madison County Treasurer to expedite school fund payments

The Madison County Record Aug. 14, 2017, 3:25pm

Madison County Treasurer Chris Slusser said his office will be expediting property tax distributions in September to help some local school districts at least temporarily avoid a funding crisis, according to a press release from his office.

Cook County officials and their attorneys need hard discipline

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2017, 6:46am

Here's the thing about inappropriate behavior: What is outrageous will seem less so when compared to something more outrageous.

Plaintiffs in $10 billion RICO case against State Farm respond to move for summary judgment

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2017, 6:20am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs suing State Farm for $10 billion couldn’t ask Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier about his deliberations in a deposition, but they claim they can prove State Farm corrupted his deliberations anyway.

Mother and girlfriend of suspect fatally shot while fleeing police dispute official account

The Madison County Record Aug. 8, 2017, 11:14am

CAHOKIA – Mildred Moellman of Missouri, whose life allegedly depended on a police officer fatally shooting her friend Jason Stringer at Cahokia’s Wal-Mart last Nov. 28, says it didn’t happen that way.

Illinois state politics fueled by the privately educated

The Madison County Record Aug. 2, 2017, 10:16am

If one aspires to become a politician in Illinois, there's one tried and tested route: Attend private elementary and high schools.