News from February 2016

Pensions vs. schools

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 1, 2016

THE PROBLEM: Education funding for downstate and suburban pre-K-12 schools – i.e., all Illinois school districts outside of Chicago – is one of the state’s highest priorities.

Chicago Public Schools pull bond sale

By Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 1, 2016

Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, needs to issue $875 million in long-term bonds to help the district avoid bankruptcy – but on Jan. 27, the school district backed out of the planned sale.

Legal malpractice trial in St. Clair County nets plaintiff $800K; Judgment satisfied, record shows

By The Madison County Record | Feb 1, 2016

St. Clair County jurors awarded nearly $800,000 to a crash victim after finding his former lawyer let a suit against the other driver lapse.

Mudge appointed to the Judicial Conference of Illinois

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 1, 2016

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge has been appointed to the Judicial Conference of Illinois for another term and has been assigned to serve on the Civil Justice Committee as well as its Technology Committee.

Madison County Democrats' straw poll: Clinton 47.6, Sanders 46.2

By Ann Maher | Feb 2, 2016

Democrats in Madison County will join Iowa voters tonight to be among the first in the nation to express their choice for the Presidential candidate in the 2016 primary election.

Reaction mixed to Rauner's workers' comp reform message

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 2, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner’s comments on workers' compensation reform made during his state of the state address has prompted mixed reaction.

Former employee accuses U.S. Bank of age discrimination

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 2, 2016

BENTON – A Marion County woman is suing U.S. Bank, alleging age discrimination as causing her termination from work.

St. Clair County real estate Jan. 22-28

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2016

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

Madison County civil docket Feb. 8-11

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2016

On the docket next week: Gloria Seyfert v. Katherine Johnson, 13-L-225; Apex Oil v, Century Indemnity, 13-L-328, Bradley Peters v. John Kronable, 14-L-1327 and more.

Madison County asbestos motion docket Feb. 8-10

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2016

Sixteen cases set for the Madison County asbestos docket next week. All of the cases on this docket were set were filed in 2014 or 2015.

Madison County foreclosures Jan. 22-28

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2016

Twenty-five new filings in Madison County between Jan. 22-28.

Frank Mautino not qualified to be Auditor General

By The Madison County Record | Feb 2, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service in recent years may have given audits a bad name, but audits are actually a good thing.

Madison County real estate Jan. 20-26

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2016

Real estate transactions for Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Godfrey, Granite City, Troy and more.

Resident alleges Du Quoin police violated his civil rights

By Molly English-Bowers | Feb 2, 2016

BENTON – A Du Quoin man is suing the De Quoin police, alleging violations of his constitutional rights.

Insurance company removes 'payback' suit alleging it backed out of safe driver program

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 2, 2016

According to the complaint, Sentry has offered the payback program and payback agreement since 1986 to persuade safe drivers to purchase its insurance with the promise that if a driver remained claim-free for five years, the defendant would start to refund them half of their earlier paid premiums and would continue to do so for each claim-free year.

Madison County asbestos jury docket Feb. 8

By Carrie Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2016

Dozens of cases have been set for trial in Madison Count's asbestos court on Monday, Feb, 8. The cases were filed between 2012 and 2015.

Edwardsville School District seeks to dismiss woman’s personal injury suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 2, 2016

According to the complaint, Thompson was at Edwardsville High School inside the auditorium on Dec. 7, 2014. She claims a loose light fixture on the ceiling fell and struck her, resulting in injuries to her head, neck and shoulders.

Dialysis center removes suit alleging patient fell due to dizziness following treatment

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 2, 2016

The defendant argues that removal is proper based on the amount in controversy and diversity of citizenship.

City of Madison says injured minor helped steal car involved in crash following police pursuit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 2, 2016

The defendants claim the plaintiff's son was actively involved in the theft of a 2011 Honda Odyssey and that he knew the driver would drive in an unreasonably dangerous manner.

Munger: State debt spiraling; Unpaid bills might hit $10 billion to $12 billion

By Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network | Feb 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Unless something changes soon, Illinois is heading $6.2 billion deeper into debt and taxpayers will remain on the hook, state Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger said Tuesday.

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