News from 2016

237 new Illinois laws take effect Jan. 1

By Ellen Lloyd | Jan 2, 2016

237 new Illinois laws address topics that range from naming a state pie to divorce law to bobcat hunting.

Unconstitutional: Cook County judge rules against new jurors law

By Elizabeth Schubert | Jan 2, 2016

An Illinois Circuit Court judge says reducing the number of jurors in civil trials is unconstitutional, a decision that could bring the law passed late last year to the state supreme court. 

Construction worker allegedly electrocuted by uninsulated power lines

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR COUNTY—A woman is suing a development and construction company following the death of her husband, alleging that the company caused his death through negligence.

Construction worker sues Lane Construction following fall in well

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR COUNTY— A man is suing his employer, a construction company, following a work-related incident in which he was severely injured.

East St. Louis police department sued following alleged vehicle incident

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR COUNTY— A man is suing the East St. Louis Police Department after he was injured in an incident allegedly caused by the reckless driving of an officer.

Catholic War Veterans Butz-Jobe Post #370 named in woman's trip and fall suit

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR COUNTY— A woman is suing a veterans organization alleging she was injured on its property due to a fall caused by negligence. 

Woman alleges negligence caused Belleville car accident

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR COUNTY— A woman is suing another driver over allegations that his negligence led to an accident that caused extensive damage to her vehicle.

Woman sues following East St. Louis car crash

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR COUNTY— A woman is seeking compensation following an East St. Louis automobile incident in which she was physically injured.

Illinois Supreme Court forms new Judicial College

By Annie Hunt | Jan 4, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court announced its approval of a judicial college that plans to create a more comprehensive approach to judiciary education.

Woman blames Foley Chemical, St. Clair County for exposure to hazardous materials

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 4, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A Belleville woman is suing a chemical company and St. Clair County, alleging exposure to chemicals she experienced while working in a county department.

Employees allege Buffalo Wild Wings franchise violated wage laws

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 4, 2016

BENTON – Two former employees are suing Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee, alleging violations of minimum wage laws.

Was Troy speeding ticket processed in timely fashion? Supreme Court to hear arguments Jan. 12

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court on Jan. 12 will hear oral arguments involving a speeding ticket issued in Troy, and any action it takes could alter the rules of the road. The case involves driver Christopher Geiler who was stopped by Troy police May 5, 2014, for exceeding the speed limit by 15 miles per hour.

Restaurant patron alleges man provoked altercation

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 4, 2016

A man sued for alleged assault denies the allegations and argues that the other restaurant patron provoked an incident. Derek Reeves filed his lawsuit on Nov. 4 against Brennan Bunjak. According to the complaint, Bunjak allegedly assaulted and battered Reeves in the face on April 26, 2014, at Big Daddy’s in Belleville.

Motorist denies allegations in suit following collision with horse

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 4, 2016

A man sued for hitting a man while riding his horse argues that the horse was not maintained properly on the roadway.

Casino Queen denies liability in slip and fall suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 4, 2016

An Alton Casino denies liability in a guest’s slip and fall lawsuit and argues that the guest caused her own alleged injuries.

May the Farce be with us?

By Eric Allie, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 5, 2016

It's a new year, and with that comes a new legislative session

Pensions, salaries, pension: Illinoisans pay 2.5 times for their politicians

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner | Jan 5, 2016

Taxpayers pay once for state politicians’ salaries and another 1.5 times for their bankrupt pension system. In 2017, taxpayers will contribute the equivalent of nearly $123,000 for each lawmaker just to keep the General Assembly Retirement System afloat.

Belleville gas station removes customer’s slip and fall suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 5, 2016

The owners of a Belleville gas station removed a woman’s slip and fall suit that alleges she slipped on ice while standing at the gas pump.

Menards says carpenter altered materials that allegedly caused him to fall

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 5, 2016

Menard Inc. denies liability in a carpenter’s personal injury suit, arguing that the man failed to specifically identify the materials at issue and altered the materials that allegedly malfunctioned and caused him to fall.

Madison County real estate Dec. 4-23

By Carrie Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2016

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.

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