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Gori and O'Brien want to veto opposing counsel

By The Madison County Record | Feb 21, 2018

What if you could object to your opponent's counsel on any pretext? It would be simple enough to show, for instance, that said counsel was biased in his own client's favor.

Magistrate rules former MC administrator did not destroy data in Lavite’s suit against county

By Record News | Feb 21, 2018

BENTON – Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente did not destroy information that veteran assistance Superintendent Brad Lavite needed for a suit against the county, U.S. Magistrate Judge Reona Daly decided on Feb. 15.

Yandle sets trial March 19 in lawsuit involving value of wrongful death claim

By Record News | Feb 20, 2018

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle has set trial in a wrongful death claim that previously settled for $1 million in the plaintiff’s home state of Washington, but which was later revived in Illinois court where the family claimed it could have settled for much more.

High court upholds seizure of woman’s Harley; Karmeier dissent: ‘In the eyes of the law, she was guilty of nothing’

By Record News | Feb 20, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Police properly seized a three wheel Harley-Davidson vehicle from a woman who committed no crime, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Feb. 16.

Rauner outlines FY19 budget

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

“It reduces government expense but not customer service. It shifts responsibility for the cost of services to the people who buy those services. And it recognizes that we will never have balanced budgets if government grows faster than our economy.”

ITLA responds to Rauner budget

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

Under the guise of “reform,” Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking changes to our workers’ compensation laws that will shift the responsibility of caring for injured workers away from insurers and onto those hurt on the job and the taxpayers.

Illinois Municipal League responds to Rauner budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

While we are aware of the challenges with our state's budget, the proposed cut to Local Government Distribution Fund (LGDF) would directly impact core services for all Illinois citizens.

IRMA responds to Rauner's budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is concerned about the continued cuts and devaluing of Medicaid providers as well as its impact on the populations they serve. Pharmacies serve on the front lines when it comes to treating Medicaid patients, especially in areas with few medical options.

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

People have argued for years about the right answer to that poser. Here's another: Which comes first, the trial or the decision?

Ives: Madigan should step down over handling of sexual harassment complaint

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The office of House Speaker is a powerful position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. It is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

Witness in case against St. Clair County judge came forth with video during end of '16 election cycle

By Record News | Feb 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A special prosecutor pursuing sexual abuse charges against a St. Clair County judge will call a witness who produced a video 10 days before the 2016 election claiming he was sexually battered 17 years earlier by then attorney Ron Duebbert.

Limbaugh assigned to Dicamba MDL over Herndon; Attorneys say SDIL disposition time nearly slowest of all

By Record News | Feb 13, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Multi district litigation against Monsanto involving weed killer Dicamba will go before District Judge Stephen Limbaugh at the Eastern District of Missouri, in spite of calls for the Southern District of Illinois.

Herndon denies summary judgment to State Farm in $9 billion RICO case

By Record News | Feb 13, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.

Peru attorney files malicious prosecution suit against former LaSalle Co. SA Brian Towne

By Record News | Feb 7, 2018

CHICAGO – Special prosecutor Brian Towne allegedly committed malicious and retaliatory prosecution as LaSalle County state’s attorney, according to a new civil lawsuit.

FACTA objector alleges 'reverse auction' collusion between plaintiff and defendant in Lopinot’s court

By Record News | Feb 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot rushed settlement of a class action against retailer Body Shop, granting conditional approval in 20 days and final approval in two months.

The fish rots from the head down

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

In light of the infamous memo released last week in Washington, detailing the questionable tactics embraced by the FBI and the DOJ to convince a FISA court to authorize surveillance on the Trump team, is it any wonder that state and local law enforcement officials might conclude that they can use extralegal means whenever “necessary?”

Nearly half of Kolker campaign contributors have cases before the judge; Campaign says contributions are not solicited

By Record News | Feb 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Almost half the civil suits that began in St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker’s court from July through December last year involved lawyers who contributed to his campaign for circuit judge in the same period.

Ives addresses 'Thank you, Bruce Rauner' ad

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

So what the commercial that is generating the expected hysteria from the expected quarters attempted to do, admittedly provocatively, was to properly and truthfully characterize the extreme issue positions Rauner took and their implications.

Kolker campaign cautions residents on social media scam

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker wants Metro-East residents to be aware of a new scam that is being perpetrated on social media.

Magistrate takes under consideration Madison County data destruction testimony

By Record News | Feb 5, 2018

BENTON – U.S. Magistrate Reona Daly, who solved a small mystery involving the computer of former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente, must tackle a big mystery about evidence in a suit against the county.

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