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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.

IMA: Budget must address pension obligations, work comp reform, tax code

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 3:02pm

The IMA believes a final budget solution must address the root of the state's problems with structural reforms addressing our pension obligations and debt while restoring fiscal discipline and enacting real reforms that will create a vibrant business climate by attracting jobs and investments

High costs of work comp driving business out of Illinois, experts say

Amanda Robert Oct. 25, 2016, 2:15pm

CHICAGO - For organizations that advocate on behalf of business in Illinois, there’s no question – the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to have dire consequences for the state and its economy.

Manufacturers oppose graduated income tax hike

The Madison County Record May 4, 2016, 2:40pm

This is a $2 billion tax hike on successful job creators including many small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that pay taxes under the individual rate. This is exactly the wrong message to send to job creators when we need to grow our economy and create jobs for hard working men and women in Illinois.

Haine blames China, unfair trade for loss of manufacturing jobs

Hanna Nakano Oct. 14, 2015, 2:17pm

One Illinois lawmaker is blaming China for the state's massive job loss in the manufacturing sector.

Lawmaker: State can raise $3.9B without taxing most; But GOP, big business may not to rush to embrace plan

Mark Fitton Sep. 1, 2015, 7:24am

SPRINGFIELD — Rep. Jack Franks thinks he’s found a path to lead Illinois out of its budget wasteland or least get it well along the way. Franks, a Democrat from Marengo, says he’s working on a bill that could generate nearly $3.9 billion without raising taxes. “I think this is the path out,” Franks said.

Causation standards are needed to fix Illinois' work comp system, policy experts say

Amanda Robert May 13, 2015, 7:25am


Bill that gives claimants more time to file asbestos litigation passes

Ann Maher Dec. 3, 2014, 5:50pm


Business groups oppose veto session bill that would eliminate statute of repose

Ann Maher Dec. 2, 2014, 1:28pm


IMA responds to Obama's carbon emission plan

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2014, 1:07pm

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


Manufacturers' president required to testify at Bloomington asbestos trial

Steve Korris Oct. 14, 2010, 5:35am

Radke BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Manufacturers Association president Greg Baise must testify at an asbestos conspiracy trial in Bloomington, though his lawyer is at "a bit of a loss" as to why.

Murnane vows to help state groups as new ATRA chairman

Chris Rizo Apr. 9, 2009, 6:25am

Murnane The president of the Illinois Civil Justice League, Ed Murnane, as the new chairman of the American Tort Reform Association is vowing to help state organizations better fight their battles against lawsuit abuse.

There's a reason why SWA is still languishing

Ed Murnane May 25, 2008, 10:00am

Ed Murnane The Illinois Manufacturers Association, one of Illinois' oldest (115-years) and most respected business associations, distributes a weekly "Springfield Highlights" to its members every Friday when the Illinois General Assembly is in session.

ICJL cautions opponents of SB1296 to 'keep the powder dry'

Ann Knef Jun. 4, 2007, 9:00am

While opponents of a controversial, trial lawyer-sponsored bill are hailing its apparent demise, a leading tort reform advocate cautions to "keep the powder dry."

SB1296 passes in House Committee

Ann Knef May 16, 2007, 7:00am

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) rolled a traveling billboard around the state capitol prior to Wednesday's committee hearing in protest of SB1296. The House Judiciary Committee has passed Senate Bill 1296, a proposal that in effect shifts the burden of compensation to the party with the most money rather than the most responsibility in tort cases.

'Money grab' bill up for debate May 16

Ann Knef May 11, 2007, 1:00am

A legislative proposal that shifts the burden of compensation to the party with the most money rather than the most responsibility in tort cases will be debated in a state House committee hearing on May 16.

'Money grab' bill passes in state senate

Ann Knef Mar. 20, 2007, 5:26pm

An "anti-business" bill that shifts the burden of compensation to the party with the most money rather than the most responsibility in tort cases easily passed in the state Senate Tuesday, despite fierce opposition from business groups.

Groups line up against plaintiffs' windfall bill

Ann Knef Mar. 29, 2006, 4:58am

Ed Murnane A legislative proposal designed to provide windfall recovery to plaintiffs in personal injury litigation is an "affront to fairness," said the president of the Illinois Civil Justice League, Ed Murnane.

Proposed Rule 225: A new David & Goliath

Judy Cates Jan. 30, 2005, 2:42am

Who will you find to represent the consumer with a claim of minimal value?