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LeChien: State must pay insurance contributions; Criticizes Springfield’s 'fiddle while burning posture'

SPRINGFIELD — St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien has ordered the state to pay its health insurance contributions for home health care workers. The request for that order was filed earlier in November by the union that represents the workers, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana.

Sheldon Silver, a high-ranking N.Y. politician and asbestos lawyer, found guilty of corruption

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Sheldon Silver, a once-powerful politician who worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury on Monday. The verdict against Silver, a Democrat who was the speaker of the Assembly prior to the indictment against him, came in the fifth week of the trial, the New York Times reported.

Law enforcement now seizes more property from citizens than burglars

U.S. law enforcement took in more than $5 billion from the American public in 2014 through asset forfeiture, compared to the $3.5 billion lost nationally to burglary.

How to heal Illinois' economy: Reform permission, friction and preparation policies

Illinois can implement several reforms now to remove obstacles to starting businesses, reduce the cost and aggravation of doing business, and more effectively educate the next generation of workers.

Madison County asbestos motion docket Dec. 7-11

The asbestos motion docket for Madison County will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7 and 11 in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs' courtroom, room 327, at the Madison County Circuit Court in Edwardsville.

Madison County civil docket Dec. 7

Madison County Circuit Judges Mudge, Ruth and Matoesian have hearings scheduled on the civil docket for the week of Dec. 7.

St. Clair County real estate Nov. 13-20

A list of recent real estate transactions for St. Clair County. Including Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, Collinsville, Dupo, East Carondelet, East St. Louis, Fairmont City, Fairview Heights, Freeburg, Lebanon, Marissa, Mascoutah, Millstadt, New Athens, New Baden, O’Fallon, Rauscher, St. Libory, Shiloh, Smithton, Swansea and Waterloo.

Madison County real estate Nov. 9-13

A list of recent real estate transactions for Madison County. Including Alhambra, Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, Cottage Hills, East Alton, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Godfrey, Granite City, Hamel, Hartford, Highland, Madison, Maryville, Moro, Pontoon Beach, Roxana, St. Jacob, Troy, Wood River and Worden.

St. Clair County foreclosures Nov. 10-19

A list of recent St. Clair County foreclosures. Including Belleville, Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairview Heights, Marissa and Swansea.

Madison County foreclosures Nov. 16-25

A list of recent Madison County foreclosures. Including Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Godfrey, Granite City, Roxana and Wood River.

Patient allegedly lost both legs following misdiagnosed leg pain

BELLEVILLE–A St. Clair County patient is suing two hospitals and three doctors, alleging their inadequate medical care rendered him a paraplegic.

Simmons Foundation gave $2.5 million to Columbia Univ. over four years; Simmons firm received 26 asbestos referrals over same period

On Nov. 30, jurors found former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of giving state funds to Dr. Robert Taub while making money on referrals from him. The Simmons Foundation in 2010 executed a contract with Taub's research center at Columbia University, pledging $3.15 million in five years.

Medical manufacturer denies lability over alleged faulty pain pump

A medical manufacturer alleges a patient was fully aware of the risks when she agreed to use a pain pump that allegedly malfunctioned.

Madison County asbestos jury docket Dec. 7

The asbestos jury docket for Madison County will be held at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7 in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs' courtroom, room 327, at the Madison County Circuit Court in Edwardsville.

Automotive manufacturer denies liability in wrongful death suit alleging seat bolts gave out during collision

An automotive manufacturer and a driver are countersuing each other in a wrongful death suit alleging defective seat bolts gave out during a rear-end collision.

Former marine's family blames multiple companies for asbestos exposure

BELLEVILLE--The estate of a former marine and painter is suing more than 30 companies, alleging negligence for exposure to asbestos that led to the plaintiff dying of lung cancer.

St. Louis man seeks $63,000 debt from Highland man

ALTON--A St. Louis man is suing an Illinois man, seeking a $63,620 debt after a judgment in the plaintiff's favor.

Wal-Mart, Subway deny liability in slip and fall suit

Wal-Mart and Subway both allege a woman caused her own injuries when she fell on a slippery floor.

Couple sues neighbors for death of their dog

BELLEVILLE–A Shiloh couple is suing two neighbors, alleging negligence for injuries they and their dog sustained when the neighbors' dog attacked them.

AutoZone denies liability in customer’s trip and fall suit

AutoZone alleges a customer caused his own injuries when he failed to keep a proper lookout and allegedly tripped on a speed bump in the parking lot.