News from November 2005

Weber closes office, resigns as assistant state's attorney

By Ann Knef | Nov 1, 2005

Circuit Judge Don Weber After 31 years prosecuting the likes of an infamous child killer, abominable child sexual offender and heinous mob murderers, assistant Madison County state's attorney-turned judge-Don Weber reflected nostalgically before stepping down.

Trial under way in weld-rod case

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2005

Five years after Steve Boren filed a welding rod lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court, his case finally has finally gone to trial in Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron’s third floor courtroom.

Jones Act case filed in St. Clair County

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2005

William Buttrum filed a Jones Act suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Oct. 26, seeking at least $50,000 in damages from Ingram Barge Company.

Tenant beat up by property manager sues landlord

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2005

Michael and Lisa Denny of East Alton filed suit against the property manager and the owners of the Biltmore Apartments in South Roxana Nov. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

Judge hammers Pfizer for 'impuissant' argument

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2005

U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan has remanded a proposed class action suit against drug maker Pfizer to Madison County, declaring the argument behind last year’s removal of the suit “impuissant.”

Avery decision invoked by Madison County defendant

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2005

Circuit Judge George Moran Pekin Insurance Company has invoked the Illinois Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision in Avery vs. State Farm, in a motion to dismiss a proposed Madison County class action suit.

Reduced payouts class action removed to federal court under Act

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2005

Nationwide Insurance has removed a proposed Madison County class action suit to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act that Congress passed in February.

Conservative SIUE students mounting troop rally

By Ann Knef | Nov 2, 2005

Lt. Col. Scott Rutter in Iraq Carving a niche in what he calls a bastion of liberalism, Andrew Kassebaum is a college conservative on a patriotic mission.

Belleville's holiday season shimmers

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2005

The Belleville Chamber of Commerce has compiled a rather exhaustive list of Christmas-related activities.

Supreme Court mortgage fee ruling prompts swift dismissal in Madison County

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2005

Justice Thomas Kilbride Plain as day, Illinois law says lenders cannot charge more than three percent in fees on mortgages with interest rates above eight percent. Plain as day, Illinois law says they can.

Former Shrine employee sues for racial and religious discrimination

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 3, 2005

The Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate, the Oblate Service Corporation and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows were sued in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois on Oct. 31 by a former employee claiming unlawful termination based on race and religion.

Jail food not nutritious, inmate sues

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 3, 2005

An inmate at the Tamms Correctional Facility filed a civil rights complaint against the prison and its dietary manager alleging his meals are not nutritionally adequate.

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