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

By Record News | Mar 14, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 13, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 13, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 13, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 13, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 13, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 12, 2018

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.

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

By Record News | Mar 9, 2018

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

By Record News | Mar 7, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 6, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 6, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 6, 2018

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’

By Record News | Mar 6, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 4, 2018

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

Oral arguments: Gibbons filed ARDC complaint against lawyer for Vet commissioner Lavite

By Record News | Feb 27, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons alleged professional misconduct against lawyer Tom Burkart of Hamel, Fifth District appellate judges learned at oral argument on Feb. 21.

Lawyer for former Gibbons’ employee says retaliation suit must be decided by jury

By Record News | Feb 27, 2018

BENTON – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons swears that former secretary Andrew Kane’s union approved his transfer to a forgotten floor of the former Wood River Hospital, but Kane swears that his union objected.

Closing 'the sneaky judge loophole'

By The Madison County Record | Feb 27, 2018

You have to spell things out for some people. It doesn't matter whether they really are dumb or just pretending not to understand what would be perfectly clear to any person of average intelligence. You have to play along with them, coddle them, and keep “clarifying” the plain sense of things until there's not a single bit of wiggle room left.

Ives: The other reason Madigan should resign - Kevin Quinn 's $750k pension

By The Madison County Record | Feb 27, 2018

Thanks to the courage of women like Denise Rotheimer and Aliana Hampton the sexual harassment culture perpetuated by the Illinois political ruling class is being exposed and we have the beginnings of a reckoning.

After three months at Simmons, Wigginton no longer on firm's roster

By Record News | Feb 26, 2018

ALTON – Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm removed former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton from its roster and withdrew from a class action he brought with him from a previous job.

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