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Brian Flynn is out of control

By The Madison County Record | Feb 7, 2019

Belleville city attorney Brian Flynn ran amok about this time last year, and now he’s doing it again.

BENESCH LAW: Laura Pone Joins Benesch as an Associate

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

As 2019 dawns, Benesch continues the expansion of its Chicago office with the announcement that Laura D. Pone has been hired as an associate.

Suit alleging false all natural labeling filed against Conagra Brands

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE — Attorneys David Nelson and Matthew Armstrong have filed another no-injury class action lawsuit against a food manufacturer for allegedly falsely advertising that the defendant's products were all natural.

Democrat committee pours last minute $250K into Senate candidate Belt’s race

By Record News | Nov 4, 2018

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois Democratic Heartland, a committee the party created to elect Downstate legislators, gave 57th Senate District candidate Christopher Belt $250,000 on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Green wave of Madigan, trial lawyer cash flowing into House races: Bristow, Costello and Stuart

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018

Three local Democrat House members seeking re-election next week are among the top beneficiaries of campaign cash raining down from House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose interests in recent weeks have been showered with greenbacks from the trial bar.

Illinois National Guard on standby to thwart foreign cyber attacks on election day

By Ann Maher | Oct 23, 2018

While a Russian hack into the state's voter database didn't alter election results in 2016, the threat of a more serious attack this year motivated Illinois election officials to partner with one of the most highly-trained cyber security forces around to deal in real time with potential breaches.

From DuPage Policy Journal

A queen of the Chicago machine launches her political career in the western suburbs

By W.J. Kennedy | Oct 20, 2018

Like some other single 30-year-olds, Bridget Fitzgerald still lives with her parents, in Western Springs.

Who gets Madigan money and what it means for November

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Aug 28, 2018

Pension reform is a moral imperative. The alternative is a future in which core services are cut, taxes are raised, and pensioners risk losing what they’ve already been promised as the funds go insolvent.

Asbestos products blamed for man's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 8, 2018

Several asbestos manufacturers face a lawsuit over the death of a man allegedly exposed to asbestos.

Woman alleges lung cancer from secondary exposure to asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 2, 2018

Several manufacturers face a lawsuit brought by a couple claiming exposure to asbestos.

Belleville residents picking up huge tab for work comp payouts

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jul 30, 2018

Illinois industry shoulders the burden of the highest workers’ compensation costs in the region. But what many Illinoisans paying some of the nation’s highest property taxes may not realize is that they’re picking up the tab for those costs, too.

If Frank Mautino didn’t break the rules, the rules are broken

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Jul 16, 2018

When it comes to political graft, paying people under the table isn’t too complicated – as long as you have some blurred lines to hide in.

Split in Mautino spending decision is defeat for challenger, but earlier ruling means auditor general can’t run again

By Record News | Jul 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s former campaign committee violated no laws by identifying a garage and a bank as recipients of payments that others received, the state election board decided on July 10.

State Board of Elections moves to merit-based pay system versus step compensation favored by unions

By John Breslin | Jul 5, 2018

CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) has introduced a merit-based pay structure for its employees and is able to do so because of its uniquely independent status within the state.

Belleville resident blames asbestos manufacturers for late father's mesothelioma

By Lhalie Castillo | Jul 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A Belleville woman alleges her late father developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his life.

Widow blames husband's lung cancer on asbestos exposure from Warner Morse, others' products

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her husband's lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure during his career.

Widow alleges asbestos exposure from CBS Corp., others' products caused man's lung cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 19, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer was caused by his exposure to asbestos during his employment.

General Electric Company, others allegedly failed to warn woman about dangers of working around asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 8, 2018

An estate administrator is suing Borg-Warner Morse TEC LLC, General Electric Company and several other companies for alleged negligence.

From Cook County Record

IL Bar Assn: State overreach threatens ability of property tax lawyers to work; State: Lawyers can't be appraisers

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 31, 2018

A Cook County judge could soon weigh in on a legal fight between Illinois’ largest association of lawyers and a state regulatory agency, over the question of whether that state agency has the authority to effectively bar Illinois property tax lawyers from offering estimates of a property’s value when representing property owners before a state or county property tax appeal board.

State Board of Elections must hear Mautino allegations of misspending

By Ann Maher | May 23, 2018

The Fourth District Appellate Court on Tuesday ruled that the Illinois State Board of Elections must revisit allegations that embattled Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino's campaign committee made more than $200,000 in illegal payments while he served as a state representative, according to a press release from the Liberty Justice Center.

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