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Supreme Court denies defendant's request to review decision involving St. Clair Co. jurisdiction

The Madison County Record Jun. 6, 2017, 12:44pm

SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court Justices, like Fifth District appellate judges, prefer to let a St. Clair County judge decide where Franklin County resident Jessica Patton should defend a wrongful death suit.

DUI arrest report on Wigginton indicates former federal prosecutor not able to complete field sobriety tests

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2017, 4:47pm

A Troy police report detailing the DUI arrest of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, indicates he had almost made it home when he was stopped at around 10 p.m. on May 23.

Kelley denies reconsideration of Van Hoose misdemeanor assault finding

The Madison County Record Jun. 1, 2017, 5:03pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley denied reconsideration of an order finding Brad Van Hoose guilty of misdemeanor assault.

Misconduct involving U.S. Attorney's relationship with subordinate detailed in OIG report

The Madison County Record May 31, 2017, 5:28pm

WASHINGTON – A recent misconduct report prepared by the Office of the Inspector General indicates that a U.S. Attorney carried on an affair with a subordinate and quit the job when Washington found out.

BCBS directors seek to move Cates class action out of St. Clair County

The Madison County Record May 31, 2017, 11:57am

Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, contesting a class claim for damages and appointment of a receiver, have asked St. Clair County Associate Judge Christopher Kolker to transfer the action to Cook County.

TCPA settlement that would have awarded lawyers four times the class shredded by Yandle

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 5:17pm

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle shredded a settlement of a class action against Sterling Management Systems, finding it would have awarded class counsel almost four times as much as the class.

'Zestimates' are not appraisals

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 11:16am

You're taking a stroll on a nice spring day and someone stops you and says,“Excuse me, sir, I was just wondering. You see that house over there, across the street? Just out of curiosity, what do you think a house like that would go for?”

Ignore at your own risk: radio frequency/microwave radiation

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 8:35am

In a breaking news story on March 3, the CA Department of Public Health, in a widely distributed report, released a draft document outlining heath officials' concerns about cellphone radiation exposure after keeping it under wraps for over seven years. For those who have denied the hazards of cell phone usage in the past, this study cannot be ignored. Cell phones emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMF's (electromagnetic fields).

Turtle Wax employee alleges leukemia from benzene exposure

The Madison County Record May 25, 2017, 9:25pm

EDWARDSVILLE — A man is suing Turtle Wax Inc., alleging he developed acute mycloid leukemia from the benzene allegedly used in the wax. 

Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

The Madison County Record May 24, 2017, 11:42am

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which early investors see quality returns, not because their money was invested wisely as the investors are led to believe, but because new investors fund the payouts. The cycle perpetuates itself – more and more new investors are needed to continue to fund previous investors' returns at an unbeknownst higher risk to themselves – until it inevitably collapses.

The porno saga of Duffy, Steele, and Hansmeier continues

The Madison County Record May 24, 2017, 8:47am

Two of three scheming shakedown artists have met their fate. One died of a heart attack after fraudulent activities were exposed. Another has plea-bargained and awaits sentencing. The third has pled not guilty to the same charges, and faces trial.

Settlement in suit against U.S. over recycling worker’s mortar shell death awaits DOJ approval

The Madison County Record May 24, 2017, 8:04am

BENTON - Top Justice Department officials haven’t approved a settlement that lawyer Tom Keefe and U.S. attorney Donald Boyce drafted last year in a wrongful death suit against the government.

Local firms sue in St. Louis on behalf of women claiming deviant massages at Four Seasons

The Madison County Record May 23, 2017, 4:29pm

ST. LOUIS – Two St. Clair County law firms filed nearly identical suits a day apart in civil court, claiming damages for deviant massages at Four Seasons Hotel.

Kelley sets hearing on motion to reconsider Van Hoose misdemeanor guilty verdict

The Madison County Record May 18, 2017, 5:30pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley has set a June 1 hearing on a motion to reconsider his verdict finding Brad Van Hoose guilty of misdemeanor assault.

Kelley finds client of former chief judge not guilty of corruption; Handled major civil cases under Baricevic tenure

The Madison County Record May 17, 2017, 10:38am

When St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley cleared Board of Review member Michael Crockett of corruption charges last week, he cleared the client of a former chief judge who greatly increased his judicial power.

Sen. Kyle McCarter deserves U.S. ambassador appointment

The Madison County Record May 16, 2017, 2:55pm

If everything works out the way he hopes, Republican State Sen. Kyle McCarter of Lebanon may be leaving the legislature and beginning a dramatic new phase in his life. He's been recommended to President Donald Trump as the ideal candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya.

Reasons why FNC is losing audience to MSNBC

The Madison County Record May 16, 2017, 2:06pm

For those of you who do not follow things as mundane as television rating scores, you may be surprised to learn that Fox News Channel (FNC) is losing its lead as the powerhouse in primetime cable TV ratings to MSNBC. There are a couple of reasons why.

Herndon denies review of order dismissing fraud claims against guardrail maker Trinity Industries

The Madison County Record May 10, 2017, 10:46am

EAST ST. LOUIS – On behalf of St. Clair County taxpayers, class action lawyer David Cates may have insulted U.S. District Judge David Herndon and gained nothing from it.

Van Hoose claims special prosecutor withheld key evidence that might have cleared him

The Madison County Record May 9, 2017, 5:56pm

SPRINGFIELD – Brad Van Hoose of Belleville claims that special prosecutor David Rands withheld a Federal Bureau of Investigation report that could have prevented his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of assault.

Illegally hired state employees need to be fired

The Madison County Record May 9, 2017, 12:05pm

The abuses perpetrated by Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan, and other insubordinate public servants need to stopped.