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Summary judgment sought in suit preventing access to county financials; County board, treasurer discredit auditor’s ‘obsession’ with ongoing investigation

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 14, 2019

Madison County auditor Rick Faccin calls a resolution demanding access to county financial information for certain officials an attempt to “move the auditor’s file cabinet into their own offices” and argues that allowing access would be improper due to an ongoing investigation.

Pritzker budget lifts cap on pension spiking

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 14, 2019

A provision included in Illinois’ previous budget aimed to protect state taxpayers from end-of-career salary spiking in local school districts. The budget proposal en route to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would repeal that protection.

Fifth District affirms denial of post-conviction relief for man accused of murder

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina R. Cruse's ruling denying a petition for post-conviction relief field by a man who was sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Murder suspect Fields was offered leniency in exchange for implicating Duebbert in Silas murder, JIB filing says

By Record News | Jun 13, 2019

SPRINGFIELD – David Fields waited two years in jail for a murder trial when he could have implicated Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert in exchange for leniency at the outset, according to Duebbert’s lawyer.

Summer brings pay hike for Illinois state lawmakers, pay cut for you

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 13, 2019

Springfield politicians talking out of both sides of their mouths on tax “fairness” is one of many reasons they didn’t deserve a raise.

Worker seeks all information on mixing machine she alleges caused injury

By John Breslin | Jun 13, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE -- A court is being asked to order a food company to reveal the identity of the manufacturer of a machine that allegedly caused an injury to one of its workers.

Insurance company alleges it is not required to defend Carbondale in man's suit over vehicle seizure

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 13, 2019

BENTON —An insurance company alleges it is not liable to provide coverage for the City of Carbondale in a man's lawsuit claiming his vehicle should not have been seized after he was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fifth District affirms decisions allowing non-Illinois residents to litigate Essure claims in Madison County

By John Breslin | Jun 13, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- In two separate decisions, the Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed rulings out of the Madison County Circuit Court finding that non-Illinois residents are allowed to be involved in a mass action suit despite the landmark Bristol Myers Squibb decision limiting that right.

Fifth District affirms dismissal of suit seeking indemnity from several insurers

By Charmaine Little | Jun 12, 2019

MT. VERNON - The Fifth District Appellate Court denied a company's request for relief after it sued dozens of insurance companies with hopes of getting declaratory judgment concerning their insurance policies and an asset purchase agreement.

Insurer claims it is not liable to defend suit over alleged assault

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 12, 2019

BENTON —An insurance company claims it is not liable to defend Red Apple Lounge in a patron's lawsuit alleging he was assaulted.

Pritzker approves $1,600 pay raises for state lawmakers

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 12, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a budget that includes pay raises for state lawmakers, as Illinoisans brace for a number of new tax hikes.

Madison County real estate May 15-21

By Princess Jade Barrenechea | Jun 12, 2019

An Edwardsville home sold for $650,000 as part of the recent Madison County real estate transactions for May 15-21.

Madison County foreclosures May 30 - June 6

By Princess Jade Barrenechea | Jun 12, 2019

There were 13 foreclosures in Madison County from May 30 - June 6

St. Clair County real estate May 6-10

By Andrew Thomas | Jun 12, 2019

A Swansea property sold for $485,000.00 as part of the St. Clair County real estate transactions for May 6-10.

St. Clair County foreclosures May 24-30

By Andrew Thomas | Jun 12, 2019

There were 8 foreclosures in St. Clair County May 24-30.

Madison County civil docket June 17-21

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 12, 2019

Madison County judges Dugan, Hylla, Ruth, Smith, Matoesian, Chapman and Harrison have law cases scheduled on the civil docket for June 17-21.

Freight firm sues over damage caused to transformer in transit

By John Breslin | Jun 12, 2019

A freight company is accusing a transport broker of negligence and breach of contract after a claimed $500,000 of damage was caused to a transformer while in transit.

Fifth District reverses Kolker in disclosure dispute; Plaintiff attorney had given his campaign $1K as case played out

By Record News | Jun 11, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Christopher Kolker improperly ordered Family Video to disclose attorney work product in a slip and fall suit, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on June 5.

Gas tax and vehicle fee hikes erase Pritzker's promise of progressive income tax relief

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 11, 2019

The numerous tax and fee hikes in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s capital spending more than offset the promised savings of the governor’s “fair tax” plan.

Woman files class action over all natural ChapStick claims; Pfizer denies plaintiff allegations

By John Breslin | Jun 11, 2019

A class action lawsuit against Pfizer alleges its ChapStick lip balm lines are not all natural.

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