News from August 2006

Cueto spends twice as much as Evans raises

By Ann Knef | Aug 1, 2006

Republican candidate for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Paul Evans raised $20,790 between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to a semi-annual report filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Monday.

Kardis sued by tenant claiming injuries in parking lot fall

By Steve Gonzalez | Aug 1, 2006

Phillip Kardis Former Madison County Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis was sued in the court where he once presided by a tenant who claims she injured herself in an East Alton apartment parking lot he owns.

McGlynn-Stewart on par in fund raising

By Ann Knef | Aug 1, 2006

Candidates for the 5th Appellate Court each raised a little more than $140,000 over the past six months, according to financial reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Attorneys wrangle over representation in Hartford vapor case

By Steve Korris | Aug 1, 2006

Hartford residents who proposed a class action suit over petroleum vapors in their homes did not get a class action, but Hartford residents who filed a regular suit over the vapors have agreed to settle it as a class action.

Retention committee raises close to $50k

By Steve Gonzalez | Aug 1, 2006

The committee to retain Judges Ann Callis, John Knight and Charles Romani reported raising $47,992.21 since the trio organized the Committee to Keep Madison & Bond Counties Safe on April 10.

Metro East plaintiff's attorneys withholding financial support from governor

By Ann Knef | Aug 1, 2006

Only 10 Metro-East individuals or businesses made contributions of $150 or more to Judy Baar Topinka's campaign committee between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to a financial report filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Monday.

Maddox to rule on Alliance class action

By Steve Korris | Aug 1, 2006

Circuit Judge Lola Maddox must decide whether to proceed with a Lakin Law Firm suit that has exposed Madison County to national ridicule.

McGlynn picks up ICJL endorsement

By Ann Knef | Aug 1, 2006

Justice Steven McGlynn An appointment to the Illinois Appellate Court a little more than a year ago has been the greatest honor of Justice Steven McGlynn's life.

Summary judgment for Airborne upheld by appellate court

By Steve Gonzalez | Aug 1, 2006

Terrance Hopkins The Illinois Appellate Court ruled that former Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis made the right decision when he granted Airborne Express' motion for summary judgment.

Touchette Regional sued for woman's post-partum death

By Ann Knef | Aug 2, 2006

Pamela Alls is suing Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville on behalf of Erica Lewis who died Jan. 16, 2005, after giving birth.

Docs sued for not timely treating colon cancer

By Ann Knef | Aug 2, 2006

A St. Clair County woman and her husband are suing a pair of Belleville doctors for failing to timely treat her colon cancer.

Former ESL cop sues city for damaging his reputation

By Ann Knef | Aug 2, 2006

An East St. Louis police officer who quit his job in 2001 after taking off several months for family leave, is suing the city and several officials for making it impossible for him to find work.

Sims asks for clemency

By Steve Gonzalez | Aug 3, 2006

Child killer Paula Sims filed a request for clemency with the Illinois Prisoner Review Board last week claiming she no longer poses a risk to society. She suffered from postpartum depression, she claims in her petition, at the time she drown her two infant daughters first in 1985 and again in 1989.

Governor sprinkles another $1 million on Simmons' baseball dream

By Ann Knef | Aug 3, 2006

Senator Luechtefeld The bad news: Illinois has the largest state budget deficit in the nation at $3 billion, according to analysis conducted by the Rockford Register Star. The good news (for some) in the cash-strapped state is that Governor Rod Blagojevich found another $1 million to sprinkle on asbestos lawyer John Simmons' baseball dream in Marion.

Bush league

By The Madison County Record | Aug 6, 2006

Taking economic development advice from an asbestos lawyer is akin to Tony LaRussa asking Cubs management how to build a World Series champion.

Media hog

By The Madison County Record | Aug 6, 2006

Filed under "it's amazing what one can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit," Associate Judge Barbara Crowder defied oppressive heat and overcame the inconvenience of judging without a courtroom by performing weddings on the courthouse steps during a power outage Friday, July 20.

Butter on steps renders Casino Queen unseaworthy, suit says

By Ann Knef | Aug 7, 2006

An accumulation of butter on steps inside the Casino Queen rendered the gambling boat unseaworthy, according to a personal injury lawsuit filed by an employee.

Railroad worker claims repetitive work caused injury

By Steve Gonzalez | Aug 7, 2006

Dennis Hall of Poplar Bluff, Mo. filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit against Union Pacific Railroad in U.S. District Court July 31, alleging his employer failed to provide him a safe place to work.

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