News from November 2015

Stool lawsuit says a lot about Madison County

By Travis Akin | Nov 13, 2015

Most people, if they sat on a small stool and it collapsed, would get up, brush themselves off and maybe return the stool for a new one.

Electricity vendor tells state to pay up; Also, counseling vendor terminates contracts

By Mark Fitton and Greg Bishop | Nov 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Another vendor says it may have to cut off service to the state of Illinois because the state’s inability to pay its bills is threatening the vendor’s ability to continue doing business. In a disconnection-warning letter dated Oct. 29, Southwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. told the state it is behind on its accounts. “As a not-for-profit utility, Southwestern … relies on its members to pay their bill so we, in turn, can pay our bills and provide power to 22,000 homes, hospitals,

Court user survey measures perceptions of Illinois court system; Overall results were positive, summary says

By Hanna Nakano | Nov 13, 2015

The user survey was designed to give the Strategic Planning Committee of the Supreme Court a baseline of user experience, according to Illinois Fourth District Appellate Justice M. Carol Pope, to see where the state court systems stood – and where they could be improved.

St. Clair County motorist alleges I-64 accident left her injured

By Kari Valence | Nov 16, 2015

A St. Clair County motorist is suing another driver, alleging his negligence led to her injuries in a vehicle accident.

Critic calls CUB an appendage of power structure; State lawmaker says it's the job of legislators to protect citizens

By Ann Maher | Nov 16, 2015

While the Citizens Utility Board may be prohibited by law from backing candidates for public office, there's no law barring CUB leaders from backing politicians.

AG Madigan sued over refusal to fight work comp claims brought by 'personal assistants'; CMS director says millions have been improperly paid

By Ann Maher | Nov 17, 2015

Over the past five years, more than 200 personal assistants have received $5.8 million in workers' compensation benefits, according to a spokesperson with the Central Management Services, which averages $29,000 per claim,

Deadline approaching for Madison County disabled vets to receive property tax assistance

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 17, 2015

EDWARDSVILLE – The deadline for honorably discharged veterans facing financial difficulties to file for property tax assistance is approaching, according to a press release issued by the County Treasurer’s Office and the Veteran’s Assistance Commission (VAC).

Couple sues home renovator for failure to disclose termite damage

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 17, 2015

A couple filed suit against home renovators for there alleged failure to disclose significant termite damage to their property.

St. Clair County real estate Nov. 2-5

By Carrie Gonzalez | Nov 17, 2015

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 Oct. 29-Nov. 2

By Carrie Gonzalez | Nov 17, 2015

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 Oct. 30-Nov. 5

By Carrie Gonzalez | Nov 17, 2015

A list of recent St. Clair County foreclosures. Including Belleville, Fairview Heights, Lenzburg, Mascoutah and Shiloh.

Madison County foreclosures Nov. 5-6

By Carrie Gonzalez | Nov 17, 2015

A list of recent Madison County foreclosures. Including Alton, Dorsey, Godfrey, Maryville and Troy.

Customer accuses Volkswagon of fraud

By Kari Valence | Nov 17, 2015

A Chicago customer is suing Volkswagon, alleging the car company fraudulently said their vehicles were more eco-friendly than they actually are.

Madison County civil docket Nov. 23-24

By Carrie Gonzalez | Nov 17, 2015

Madison County Circuit Judge Mudge is the only judge with hearings scheduled on the civil docket for Nov. 23-24. Two cases are scheduled to be heard.

AG Madigan and personal assistant appear to have changed positions on employment status

By Ann Maher | Nov 17, 2015

A personal assistant who seeks status as a state employee in two pending work comp claims, was a plaintiff in a recent high profile labor class action arguing for non- state employee status. The work comp claims brought by Stephanie Yencer-Price of Springfield are now central to a brewing legal and political battle between state leaders.

Madison County jury awards $785K to man fired after reporting possible EPA violations

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

Jurors awarded a former truck driver $785,000 in a case alleging he was terminated for retaliatory discharge after reporting his employer for allegedly inappropriately dumping toxic substances.

Church, reverend seek to transfer breach of contract suit to McLean County

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

A church and its pastor seek to transfer a construction company’s lawsuit alleging the church violated an employment agreement in a dispute over repairs for a storm-damaged roof. Ryan Construction Co. filed the lawsuit on Aug. 5 against Scott Underwood, Wayman African Methodist Church in Bloomington, Reverend Charles Orr, River City Roofing Co. Inc. and Church Mutual Insurance Co.

Customer and supermarket reach settlement in suit alleging employee spied on her while in the restroom

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder dismissed with prejudice a case alleging a supermarket employee videotaped and photographed and customer in the ladies’ restroom after the parties reached a settlement.

Wal-Mart denies liability in suit alleging wrong prescription

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

Wal-Mart denies liability in a customer’s lawsuit alleging one of its pharmacists provided him with the wrong prescription.

Judge Kelley grants motion to quash and portion of motion to dismiss in former NFL player’s suit alleging fraud

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

After granting several Scott Credit Union officers’ motion to quash and portions of the bank’s motion to dismiss a former St. Louis Cardinals football player’s suit alleging consumer fraud, St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley provided the plaintiffs time to amend their complaint.

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