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Former LaSalle Co. state's attorney under indictment landed job as special prosecutor after voters ousted him

The Madison County Record Sep. 13, 2017, 9:28am

SPRINGFIELD – When the people of LaSalle County fired state’s attorney Brian Towne for actions worthy of indictment in the last general election, the people of Illinois hired him.

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.

Fifth District finds man was not prejudiced by counsel in armed robbery case

Glenn Minnis Aug. 16, 2017, 8:01am

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that former Judge John Baricevic did not err in dismissing a postconviction petition of a defendant who disputed the validity of his waiver of counsel.

Appeal granted to Ricki Jones in tax dispute with former wife reversed at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 1:39pm

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County Associate Judge Martin Mengarelli improperly granted former embezzler Ricki Jones an appeal in a tax dispute with former wife Dorothy Boos, Fifth District judges decided on Aug. 11.

State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 7:46am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

Plaintiffs in $10 billion RICO case against State Farm respond to move for summary judgment

The Madison County Record Aug. 9, 2017, 6:20am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs suing State Farm for $10 billion couldn’t ask Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier about his deliberations in a deposition, but they claim they can prove State Farm corrupted his deliberations anyway.

Supreme Court puts hold on Cook Co. judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2017, 3:44pm

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

Marc Parker announces circuit judge campaign for Barberis vacancy in Madison County

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 2, 2017, 2:32pm

Collinsville attorney Marc Parker of Parker Law PC announced Wednesday that he is running for the open Madison County circuit judge seat created by Judge John Barberis’ election to the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Judges appointed to Illinois State Bar Association committees

Sara McCleary Jul. 31, 2017, 6:08pm

SPRINGFIELD – More than 75 of Illinois’ 33,000 judges have been appointed to a number of Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) committees and councils.

Karmeier deposition key factor in State Farm's summary judgment move in multi-billion RICO case

The Madison County Record Jul. 18, 2017, 9:53pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier swore he knew nothing of campaign contributions from State Farm in 2004, according to a motion the insurer filed against a $10 billion racketeering claim on July 17.

Illinois Supreme Court says State's Attorneys cannot make traffic stops absent police investigations; Concludes SAFE units are unauthorized

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jul. 3, 2017, 2:33pm

The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the Third District Appellate Court’s decision that the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Felony Enforcement (SAFE) unit does not have the authority to conduct traffic stops and make arrests as part of its independent drug investigations. 

State Supreme Court expands continuing education credits for judging student simulation training

Melissa Busch Jun. 19, 2017, 8:25am

To better prepare law students to practice in the 21st century, the Illinois Supreme Court recently adopted changes to the minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) rules that emphasize the increasing importance of simulation training for educating law students.

John Scanlon selected president of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

David Hutton Jun. 12, 2017, 5:12pm

CHICAGO – Veteran attorney John P. Scanlon was selected to lead the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association as the 64th president after being officially installed during the group’s annual convention at the Westin Hotel.

Supreme Court continues e-filing transition with new digital deadlines

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 12, 2017, 7:48am

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court announced on May 30 amendments to its statewide plan of converting to a digital filing system.

Scott Bibb historical marker to be unveiled this month in Alton

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 8, 2017, 12:41pm

An Illinois historical marker will be unveiled this month to honor an African American man who fought for his children’s civil rights in the 1800s.

Retired judge Coady named IJA president

Mike Helenthal Jun. 7, 2017, 11:47am

CHICAGO — John Coady, a retired judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit, was named the 2017-18 president of the Illinois Judges Association.

Geico seeks to dismiss suit alleging vehicle evidence shipped to Africa; Insurer says underlying collision suits have been settled

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jun. 6, 2017, 7:11pm

Geico seeks to dismiss an East St. Louis trucking company’s lawsuit alleging the insurance company shipped a vehicle to Africa that was evidence in three lawsuits that have since been settled.

Crowder selected as Secretary of the Illinois Judges Association

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jun. 6, 2017, 6:57pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder was selected to serve as the Secretary of the Illinois Judges Association during the annual meeting on June 2.

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.

Illinois Supreme Court deadlocks on whether title companies' attorney payments are kickbacks

Jonathan Bilyk May 23, 2017, 1:28pm

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s decision to allow lawyers to earn fees – even fees that appear overly large, compared to the amount of work being done – from real estate title companies, despite accusations that the fee-splitting arrangements amount to little more than a kickback scheme.