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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.

Unclaimed property bill requires excess funds go towards curing pension debt

Ann Maher Jul. 20, 2017, 2:31pm

SPRINGFIELD - A provision of the omnibus budget bill that allows the Illinois treasurer to offset "actuarial reserve deficiencies" in the state's woefully under-funded pensions, faces criticism among business interests.

Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies migrating from California

W.J. Kennedy Jun. 21, 2017, 11:42am

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation introduced in the House that would require state agencies in Illinois to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump is nearly identical to one advancing in the California legislature.

Critics say online privacy legislation is pro-trial lawyer; Advocate says tech industry is 'too loose' with personal data

Ann Maher May 10, 2017, 8:48am

Internet privacy legislation making its way through Springfield is more in line with the interests of the trial bar than it is with consumer protection, critics say.

Illinois Chamber: 'Business Opportunity' tax would be job killer; State needs to constrain spending, accelerate growth

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 1, 2017, 10:48am

SPRINGFIELD – If lawmakers adopt a “Business Opportunity Tax Act.” it would make Illinois one of the few states in the nation that taxes payroll, and would return personal and corporate tax rates to near record-high rates that residents were subject to during the term of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois residents could face sticker shock over beverage tax proposal

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 7:42am

SPRINGFIELD – If you think you're already paying too much for sweetened liquid refreshments, hold on to your wallet. If approved by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law, Senate Bill 9 would sharply raise the price consumers pay for packaged sodas, syrup-based coffee drinks and tea.

Politics, case law complicate efforts to reform workers’ compensation law

Amanda Robert Nov. 15, 2016, 12:29pm

While Illinois business leaders and legal advocates continue to call for changes in their workers’ compensation system, they also admit that a few obstacles stand in the way of significant reform.

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million

Amanda Robert Oct. 11, 2016, 10:32am

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million Workers’ compensation continues to be a contentious issue in Illinois, with many business leaders and legal advocates pushing for more reform.

Judge dismisses 201 lawsuits in latest chapter of businesses' battle against Illinois False Claims Act

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 21, 2016, 4:27pm

CHICAGO — Abuse of an Illinois whistleblower law will continue to sour businesses toward the state if lawmakers don’t take steps toward reform, attorneys and business advocates say.

Rauner to lawmakers: Make a choice; Democratic leaders say little has changed

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 18, 2016, 6:45am

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Wednesday to put two choices before legislative Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature: The General Assembly can grant him, the state’s chief executive, the authority to make the cuts that will allow Illinois to spend what it’s bringing in, about $32.8 billion Or, Rauner said, lawmakers can agree to some of what he considers essential economic and political reforms and he’ll work with them on a combin

Rep. Davis introduces bill to help repay student loan debt

Hanna Nakano Nov. 3, 2015, 10:56am

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to help pay back student loan debt by allowing employees to repay their student loans with pre-tax dollars.

'Rammed through' asbestos bill could face constitutional challenge; Critics say it could impose unending liability

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 4, 2014, 2:15pm

Hammer testifies at Senate Executive Committee.

Vote 'Yes" to retain Karmeier

The Madison County Record Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

Chicago trial lawyers looking to put $1 Billion dollars in their own pockets have launched a campaign to unseat Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.  Stop this unprecedented anti-retention campaign from cowardly trying to harm the very Supreme Court Justice that has evidenced uncompromising standards of integrity and impartiality.

Illinois Chamber: Vote Yes to retain Karmeier

The Madison County Record Oct. 29, 2014, 4:29pm

To the Editor:

Plaintiffs in Hale v. State Farm seek records related to Chief Justice Garman

The Madison County Record May 6, 2014, 11:23am


‘Buy now, pay later’ seems like a great idea, until later arrives

The Madison County Record Nov. 8, 2013, 11:28am

“Money is no object!”

Illinois Chamber report critical of state work comp system

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 31, 2013, 1:38pm

Cop suffers post traumatic stress disorder after confronting a suspect with a toy gun.

I-LAW chief discusses lawsuit lending measures during local stop

Ann Maher May 13, 2013, 9:19am


Committee discusses lawsuit lending legislation

Bethany Krajelis Apr. 15, 2013, 6:59am


Lawmakers hear testimony on Kay's asbestos 'double-dipping' bill

Bethany Krajelis Mar. 7, 2013, 12:35pm

Kay - 'No'