News from December 2004

Public officials react to St. Clair County's 'hellhole' designation

By The Madison County Record | Dec 15, 2004

Reaction to St. Clair County, Ill. being added to the American Tort Reform Association’s (ATRA) “Judicial Hellhole” prompted comment by a number of public officials.

Madison County is subject of White House conference

By Ann Knef | Dec 16, 2004

Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli Not only did the subject of tort reform play a substantive role in a two-day economic conference held at the White House Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 15-16), Madison County, Ill. also achieved recognition as a "speed trap" for American civil litigation.

McGlynn Q&A: GOP needs chairman who's downstate-savvy

By Ann Knef | Dec 16, 2004

Steve McGlynn What is your expectation regarding your future with the Illinois Republican Party?

Judges are main ingredient in the worst jurisdictions

By Ann Knef | Dec 16, 2004

According to the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), "Judicial Hellholes" are the craft of judges.

Husband's heating pad burn deprives wife of love; couple sues

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 17, 2004

A husband's heating pad burn and his wife's resulting deprivation of love are at the center of a $450,000 lawsuit filed against the maker and retailer of Sunbeam model 734 heating pad.

Home owner held accountable for work site injury

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 17, 2004

A construction worker who was injured after falling through an opening of a first floor home under construction, is suing the owner for more than $50,000.

Northern allure

By The Madison County Record | Dec 17, 2004

Bono Is asbestos northbound I-55? Several Springfield GOP operatives are actively surmising that the Illinois Supreme Court has plans to move Madison County's asbestos docket north to Chicago's Cook County.

Trojan Thoughts: Editor Paul Simon imparts lasting impression

By The Madison County Record | Dec 19, 2004

The words echoed soundly for the editor of a start-up Madison County newspaper at the end of its first four months of publication: “If the people…want a spineless, wishy-washy, jellyfish-like newspaper, then I came to the wrong town.”

Education is key to court reform

By The Madison County Record | Dec 19, 2004

The only tort reform needed is an improved education of the public and potential jurors.

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