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Local governments challenged by underfunded pension plans; Candidate for governor calls for amending constitution

With Illinois homeowners paying close to the highest property taxes in the country, and its residents shouldering the highest public pension debt relative to income, how local governments deal with the growing problem is a tale of two cities, so to speak.

Alton and Southern Railway alleges CSX owes it more than $4M

BENTON – An East St. Louis railroad company alleges CSX Transportation failed to pay for holding charges.

Woman sues Gordmans over trip, fall at Champaign store

EDWARDSVILLE — A woman claims she tripped and fell on a metal rod at the Gordmans store in Champaign. 

Conductor's personal injury suit at trial on damages in Lopinot's court after prior mistrial

After a mistrial was ordered in a railroad employee’s personal injury lawsuit against Union Pacific, the case is at trial on the issue of causation and damages in St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot’s courtroom.

U.S. District Court judge grants Union Pacific's motion to exclude testimony in personal injury suit

EAST ST. LOUIS — A U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of a Union Pacific Railroad motion to strike testimony in a personal injury case.

Former employee sues common carrier for alleged negligence

BELLEVILLE — The special administrator of a former Union Pacific employee alleges the decedent developed lung cancer from toxic exposures.

Conductor alleges injuries from throwing switch

BELLEVILLE — A conductor is suing Union Pacific after he allegedly injured himself while trying to throw a switch.

Illinois Supreme Court won't take up Union Pacific's challenge to St. Clair County forum

The state's high court has denied Union Pacific's petition for leave to appeal a forum decision arising from a St. Clair County railroad injury case.

Madison County real estate Oct. 7-14

An Alton home sold for $445,000 as part of the real estate transactions for Oct. 7-14.

Madison County civil docket Oct. 24-28

Madison County Circuit Judges Barberis, Crowder, Ruth, Mudge and Hylla have hearings scheduled on the civil docket for Oct. 24-28.

Conductor alleges Union Pacific Railroad had unsafe work environment

BELLEVILLE — A conductor is suing Union Pacific Railroad Company, alleging that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Union Pacific sued over alleged exposure to toxic substances

BELLEVILLE — A special administrator of a deceased man's estate is suing Union Pacific Railroad Company, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

3M Company, dozens of others accused of liability for benzene exposure

EDWARDSVILLE — A woman diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and her husband are suing several companies, alleging that they bear responsibility for her alleged exposure to benzene and benzene-containing products.

Madison County jury awards railroad worker who developed cancer $7.5M; Plaintiff attorney called defense arguments ‘dog and pony show’

A Madison County jury awarded a former Union Pacific railroad employee $7.5 million on Wednesday in Circuit Judge William Mudge’s courtroom.

Asbestos attorneys provide appellate practice tips; Forum and jurisdiction issues among top disputes

Asbestos attorneys William Kohlburn and Brad Elward acknowledged the issues surrounding forum and jurisdiction disputes in local asbestos litigation while discussing Missouri and Illinois appellate practices at the HarrisMartin Midwest Asbestos Conference.

Railroad worker’s suit alleging injury from chemical exposure at trial in Judge Mudge’s court

A railroad worker’s lawsuit alleging he developed leukemia from exposure to creosote is at trial in Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge’s court.

Madison County civil docket Sept. 19-23

Only a handful of cases are set for Madison County's civil docket during the week beginning Sept. 19.

Railroad worker alleges exposure to creosote and solar radiation

BELLEVILLE — A railroad employee is suing Union Pacific, alleging the defendant's negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Madison County civil docket Sept. 12-15

There are 22 cases with hearings scheduled for the week of Sept. 12-15

Supreme Court to hear appeals in rigged tax sales case and railroad verdict reversal next month

Oral arguments set for the Illinois Supreme Court's September term include two major civil cases out of the Metro-East.