Madison County voters are in the crossfire for one of the highest profile judicial races in recent history. Democrat Gordon Maag and Republican Lloyd Karmeier are battling for the right to represent 37 Southern Illinois counties on the state Supreme Court.
Oct 2, 2003-- The St. Louis Post Dispatch editorialized strongly to "derail (the) gravy train" in Madison County by moving all class action cases to federal court. "Lawyers are tooling in from all over to file class-action cases at one of the most plaintiff-friendly courts in the country. It's got to stop," the paper wrote.