Madison County Circuit Judge Dave Dugan is expected to rule by tomorrow whether petitions of Democrat County Board member Elizabeth Dalton will withstand electoral challenge from a Republican constituent.
Madison County Board member Mike Walters came out forcefully against modeling potential opioid litigation after the type of lawsuits the county is most well known for, saying the asbestos docket has been a "terrible drain" in terms of businesses that either want to leave or not locate here at all.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons issued a sharp rebuke to the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL), calling the group's statements last week on contingency fee contracts for lawyers pursuing opioid litigation a "propaganda campaign."
The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) is urging Madison County officials to reject the use of contingency fee arrangements with outside counsel if the county decides to join other local governments in pursuing opioid-related litigation.
EDWARDSVILLE – Tom Gibbons said his Madison County State’s Attorney’s office is still deciding if it will become involved in litigation that dozens of local governments across the country are taking up in what he calls the “fight of a generation.”
Former Madison County prosecutor Julia Matoesian seeks to withdraw a confession her former attorney entered on her behalf in an age discrimination suit she also seeks to withdraw against State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and the county.
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.
“The state’s attorney job is not to have a high conviction rate," said Republican candidate for Madison County State's Attorney, Ron Williams. "That’s not the right metric to use. The state’s attorney should be deterring crime.”
Years after U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton put disgraced Madison County Treasurer and his co conspirators behind bars in a tax rigging scheme, defrauded homeowners have yet to receive one penny of restitution.
One of the 11 candidates being considered for five vacancies on the Third Judicial Circuit is uniquely qualified to serve as judge. But some of the qualities that make Sarah D. Smith, 39, stand out among the field are ones she does not want trumpeted in a way that makes her come across as boastful.