Madison County News

Facility service provider counter sues Gori Julian over contract dispute at Edwardsville properties

By Record News | Apr 23, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE – Gori Julian law firm, a national leader in asbestos litigation, has tangled itself in a $70,000 dispute over soap and towels and such.

Police find $727,000 in 60-year-old's car in Madison County; He says they can keep it

By Brian Brueggemann | Apr 22, 2019

A state trooper found $727,000 in cash in a 60-year-old man’s vehicle in Madison County, and prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of the cash.

Legal malpractice involving Madison County asbestos claim will play out in Ohio

By Record News | Apr 11, 2019

LEBANON, Ohio – Widow Kathleen Jones alleges in Warren County, Ohio court that work comp claims she released on advice from the Gori Julian law firm would have brought a greater recovery than a settlement she accepted.

New litigation trend - talc exposure claims folding into occupational asbestos suits

By Ann Maher | Apr 8, 2019

While the rate of asbestos filings is generally declining in courts across the country, a new litigation trend developing in Madison County and elsewhere is the inclusion of non-occupational talc exposure claims within traditional occupational asbestos exposure complaints.

Judge grants TRO keeping Prenzler team at bay from county financials; Next hearing April 23

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 3, 2019

Madison County Circuit Judge Sarah Smith granted Madison County auditor Rick Faccin’s request for a temporary restraining order on a resolution the board passed last month allowing access to the county’s USL financial system.

What is Rick Faccin trying to hide?

By The Madison County Record | Apr 2, 2019

“I was elected to look into things. Faccin believes he is here to hide things.”

Regular folks charged with DUI in Madison County - ones with lawyers - regularly get suspensions rescinded

By Record News | Apr 2, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE – When a Madison County judge rescinded the suspension of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton’s driver’s license after his second DUI in less than two years, skeptics may have figured he caught a special break. In reality, regular folks catch that break routinely.

Veterans sue opioid manufacturers and distributors, claim their actions led to addiction

By John Breslin | Apr 1, 2019

Three veterans are suing the manufacturers and distributors of opioids, claiming they should have, or did, know the dangers of the drugs, particularly to those suffering from long term pain.

In court battle over access to county financials, judge allows Prenzler independent counsel

By Record News | Mar 30, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County board chairman Kurt Prenzler can hire independent counsel in a suit over access to financial information, Circuit Judge Sarah Smith ruled on March 29.

Handling of Smollett case leaves local criminal attorneys baffled; Law prof: 'Nothing about this feels normal to me'

By Brian Brueggemann | Mar 28, 2019

For a University of Illinois law professor and local attorneys who have decades of experience in criminal court, the dismissal of charges against actor Jussie Smollett leaves a lot of unanswered questions.

Man charged with attacking Prenzler gets third attorney, new trial date and new lesser charge

By Brian Brueggemann | Mar 14, 2019

The trial for an Edwardsville man accused of attacking Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler recently was pushed back because the defendant hired a new attorney, his third in the case.

Gibbons defends challenge to criminal defense rule; Says witnesses exposed to intimidation

By Record News | Mar 13, 2019

BENTON – Granting criminal defendants custody of their case files would expose witnesses to intimidation, Madison County counsel Joseph Devereux asserted in U.S. district court on Feb. 27.

Wigginton to keep license while DUI case pends due to court clerk's scheduling error

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 12, 2019

After receiving his second DUI in two years, former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton, 55, will be allowed to keep his driver’s license while his current charges are pending due to scheduling mistake by the Madison County Circuit Clerk's office.

Crane Co. substitutes Armstrong Teasdale as counsel in local asbestos cases

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 7, 2019

A frequent target of asbestos litigation, Crane Co. appears to have substituted counsel with a St. Louis asbestos defense firm in all of its local pending asbestos cases in early January.

Trial-lawyer bill would lift filing restrictions in asbestos claims; Critic says proposal would create unlimited liability

By Ann Maher | Mar 5, 2019

A bill that would reverse a 2015 state Supreme Court decision by allowing workers with latent diseases to sue their employers will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.

Abortion outside the womb is murder

By The Madison County Record | Mar 4, 2019

Will Madison County need to become a ‘sanctuary birth’ county?

Lawmaker's bill aimed at stopping gun-rights sanctuary counties

By Brian Brueggemann | Feb 20, 2019

Critic says Illinois politicians want to 'disarm the public'

Special prosecutor picked to handle Wigginton's first DUI, is assigned to second one

By Record News | Feb 8, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE – Special prosecutor David Rands, who handled a drunk driving ticket against former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton, will do it again.

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