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Cook County judge to determine what to do with Patton votes

CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.

Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

Consumer claims Johnson & Johnson did not warn of safety risks of Baby Powder product

EDWARDSVILLE – A Granite City woman alleges she would not have purchased Johnson's Baby Powder had she known about the dangers associated with the product, namely an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Ed/Glen Chamber points to impact on business with 1 percent CSFT tax increase

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the proposed 1 percent County School Facilities Tax (CSFT). And while the organization has not taken an explicit "anti" position, its analysis leans that way.

Madison County voters should say NO to 1 percent sales tax hike

The state legislature raised our income taxes by 32 percent last summer, and now we are confronted with yet another local tax. At what point do we say enough is enough.

Appellate court rules against Patton in ballot access challenge

The First District Appellate Court has rejected a ballot access appeal brought by Edwardsville mayor Hal Patton, whose candidacy for state Senate has been derailed.

Champaign County breaks promise on sales tax hike

Property taxes for school districts in Champaign County have risen substantially, despite property-tax relief promises made regarding the County School Facility Sales Tax enacted in 2009. And there’s reason to believe districts across the state might suffer the same fate.

Alton school superintendent pitches for 1 percent sales tax increase

ALTON – Alton School District Superintendent Mark Cappel thinks the stakes are high enough in the Madison County sales tax debate to justify taking his message to basically anyone who will listen.

Benzene class action settles for nearly $5 million; Simmons and others to get $1.2 million in fees

EAST ST. LOUIS – A federal court judge ordered that residents living in or near Roxana are due nearly $5 million in damages over allegations Shell Oil and its affiliates were responsible for releasing benzene into the ground that contaminated the water and devalued properties.

Meier running his own race, says he's not endorsing either candidate for governor

Incumbent state Rep. Charlie Meier has not endorsed or otherwise supported either candidate for Illinois governor.

Proponents of 1 percent sales tax trying to 'sneak' it past 'off year' voters

The educational establishment knows how much you pay and they’ve figured out you’re taxed to the eye balls. The jig is up. So, guess what you’ve got on the “spring off year” March 20 ballot?

You can trust Tom Gibbons, so he says

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons wants the process of choosing law firms to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit to be transparent and cooperative, and he's determined to make sure that any funds secured through litigation will be used exclusively for remediation of the consequences of the epidemic.

Madison, St. Clair county clerks transition to mandatory e-filing with ease

EDWARDSVILLE – Although e-filing for courthouses across Illinois has been mandatory since Jan. 1, local circuit clerks' offices have been using digital records for years.

Gibbons welcomes bids for opioid lit: ‘The Lord only creates so many John Simmonses’

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons addressed a number of concerns surrounding the county’s potential involvement in opioid litigation against pharmaceutical companies at Friday’s Judiciary Committee meeting, stating that all bids are welcome but “we also want to win.”

Sales tax proposal repeats request for more; Opponent says rates will be among highest in country

Proponents of a 1 percent sales tax hike in Madison County are hoping that the third time in seven years is a charm.

Magistrate rules former MC administrator did not destroy data in Lavite’s suit against county

BENTON – Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente did not destroy information that veteran assistance Superintendent Brad Lavite needed for a suit against the county, U.S. Magistrate Judge Reona Daly decided on Feb. 15.

Battle for Metro-East House seat between Meier and Moore intensifies

When an incumbent state rep candidate claims opposition forces want him dead and the opposition candidate accuses the incumbent's team of hiring a private investigator to follow his wife around town, it might just be a Tier One race.

Magistrate takes under consideration Madison County data destruction testimony

BENTON – U.S. Magistrate Reona Daly, who solved a small mystery involving the computer of former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente, must tackle a big mystery about evidence in a suit against the county.

Gibbons to discuss Madison County Judiciary Committee's opioid litigation concerns at next month's meeting

While State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has not yet decided if Madison County will become involved in the opioid litigation against pharmaceutical companies, the county's Judiciary Committee presented a list of questions and concerns regarding the litigation for him to address at next month’s meeting.

Lawyer for Prenzler, others says Gibbons has conflict of interest in pursuing task force investigation

A lawyer for Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and other officials whose offices were raided three weeks ago by a public corruption task force is seeking an outside prosecutor, saying State's Attorney Tom Gibbons is conflicted.