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Gibbons ordered to pay $2,500 FOIA penalty involving 2013 fatal crash

By John Breslin | Sep 7, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE –– Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons was ordered to pay a $2,500 civil penalty for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a man convicted in a fatal crash who alleges his plea deal was broken.

Fair Maps Amendment not called for vote, deadline passes to place it on November 2018 ballot

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 7, 2018

Illinois voters will not get a chance to weigh in on the question of whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative leaders in the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly should continue to hold the keys to drawing the state's legislative district maps, after the leaders of the state House and Senate refused to call a vote for a constitutional amendment designed to curtail their influence over the process.

House Republican Leader Durkin criticized over 'horrible conflict of interest'

By W.J. Kennedy | Oct 3, 2017

Since assuming control of the Illinois House Republican Caucus four years ago, the law firm of State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) has helped Illinois municipal governments and state agencies amass more than a quarter of a billion dollars in public debt, according to an analysis by Prairie State Wire.

SSM sued by nearby clinic for alleged copyright infringement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 17, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A walk-in healthcare clinic is suing SSM Healthcare (owning and operating Good Samaritan Hospital) and SSM Health Express Clinic for alleged trademark infringement resulting in unfair competition.

Auctioneer supports motion to dismiss man’s suit alleging injures from upturned garden rake; Guest agrees to amend complaint

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 29, 2016

A man suing an auctioneer agreed to amend his complaint after the defendant sought dismissal on the grounds that the entity being sued does not legally exist. Jerry Keel filed a complaint on June 10 against Geneve L.

Elimination of license plate renewal reminders costs residents $9.5 million in late fees

By Dawn Geske | Aug 19, 2016

Courtesy of lawmakers' stopgap budget deal reached June 30, Illinois residents will again begin to receive license plate renewal notices following a period of no reminders and plenty of late fees.

Analysis: Lobbyists have spent $25K+ feeding State Sen. Haine

By LocalLabs News Service | Apr 14, 2016

Lobbyists bought State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton) 43 meals in 2015, according to an analysis of filings with the Illinois Secretary of State.

Sheet Metal Workers seek damages for alleged unpaid benefit fund contributions

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 21, 2016

EAST ST. LOUIS – A labor union and its benefit plans are suing over alleged missing monies.

Chief Justice Garman honored at 'Distinguished Professional Service' event

By Emma Gallimore | Mar 2, 2016

Four law organizations came together on Thursday to honor leaders in the state with the Award of Exemplary Professional Service at the Distinguished Professional Service Joint Dinner.

Painters union wants alleged missing pension monies restored by defendants

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 31, 2016

EAST ST. LOUIS – The administrators of an Illinois labor union's retirement fund are suing over the alleged lack of payment into the group's retirement plans.

Subpoenas sought in challenge to St. Clair County judges' nominations; Dallas Cook seeks emails discussing 'motives and methods'

By Ann Maher | Dec 18, 2015

Subpoenas have been requested of St. Clair County Circuit Judges John Baricevic, Robert LeChien and Robert Haida in a case before the State Board of Elections challenging their nominations as Democratic candidates for seats they vacated. Dallas Cook, Belleville's city clerk, seeks to have the judges' names removed from the March primary ballot, arguing their candidacies are not valid because they are required by statute to run for retention, not re-election as they seek to do.

House OKs $3B for locals, lottery winners; Larger state budget question remains unresolved

By Mark Fitton | Dec 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois remains without an overall budget, but the Illinois House on Wednesday took action to release some money to local governments and pay lottery winners. All told, Senate Bill 2039 authorizes about $3 billion in spending.

Illinois budget gridlock means no vehicle registration renewal reminders

By Amy Korte | Oct 27, 2015

Due to the lack of a state budget, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office has suspended mailing annual notices to vehicle owners reminding them of their registration renewal obligations.

Illinois Law Now: Identity theft protection questions, and others, answered

By The Madison County Record | Dec 9, 2011

Question: How can I protect myself from identify theft while holiday shopping?

Jackson County man sues Illinois Secretary of State office over termination

By Kelly Holleran | Aug 24, 2010

A Jackson County man claims the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State wrongly discharged him from his job as an investigator after finding him to be deeply depressed.

Mascoutah law firm named in malpractice suit

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 1, 2010

Two Highland residents have filed suit against a Mascoutah law firm and one of its attorneys, claiming the attorney failed to track expiration dates of continuation statements.

Foreclosure filed on property linked to Thomas Buske

By Amelia Flood | Sep 28, 2009

United Community Bank is foreclosing on a Troy property with connections to an Edwardsville man at the center of a hotly contested divorce, massive civil judgment and federal fraud charges in Wisconsin.

Madigan: Secretary of state not required to sign off on Senate appointment

By Chris Rizo | Jan 7, 2009

Madigan SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The Illinois secretary of state has done everything he is legally required to do regarding Roland Burris's controversial appointment to the U.S. Senate by the state's embattled governor, court papers say.

Reid: Senate can reject Blagojevich's Senate pick

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

Reid WASHINGTON - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat won't likely be accepted, officials said.

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