News from January 2016

Mathis, Marifian & Richter names Beth Flowers as shareholder; Dix joins as 'of counsel'

By The Madison County Record | Jan 8, 2016

he law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R) today announced that Beth K.

Collinsville woman accused of negligence in Edwardsville accident

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 8, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County man alleges the driver of another vehicle was negligent in colliding with his vehicles in a crash that left him injured.

HeplerBroom elects seven partners

By The Madison County Record | Jan 8, 2016

Matthew Champlin, Michael Chessler, Carolyn Husmann, Matthew Noce, Benjamin Powell, Eric Rosser and Jill Sundberg have been elected partners of HeplerBroom LLC.

State, AFSCME talks break down; No meetings scheduled, impasse may be near

By Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network | Jan 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Talks between Gov. Rauner’s administration and the state’s largest public-sector employee union broke down Friday. There are no talks scheduled for next week, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 and the Rauner team are blaming each other for Friday’s events. There’s also no agreement on whether the talks are at impasse, which AFSCME says the Rauner team declared.

McCarter gets endorsement from #Cantored Club for Growth PAC

By Ann Maher | Jan 9, 2016

Kyle McCarter is pretty certain he can win the U.S. House seat in the state's politically conservative 15th Congressional District.

Employment staffing firm wants Sigan America to pay for services

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 11, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County personnel business is suing a health and beauty company, alleging unpaid balance for a contract.

Daughter blames dozens of companies for exposing her and father to asbestos

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 11, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A Toledo, Illinois, woman is suing more than 50 companies, alleging she developed a serious medical condition from inhaling asbestos fibers her father worked around, and brought home on his clothing and person.

Illinois couple blames dozens of companies for husband's lung cancer

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 11, 2016

BELLEVILLE – An Illinois couple is suing nearly 70 companies and Metropolitan Life, alleging the husband developed asbestosis, a lung cancer, after working around asbestos.

Customer blames Alton Casino for fall on uneven sidewalk

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 11, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County man is suing an Alton casino, alleging negligence over a trip and fall he says he sustained while using the casino's sidewalk.

Illinois budget stalemate impacts state's drivers

By Emma Gallimore | Jan 11, 2016

With Illinois still lacking a state budget, the Secretary of State’s office has suspended the mailed license plate renewal reminder service, and encourages drivers to sign up for the online system.

Rep. Kay supports consolidation concepts laid out in state report

By Emma Gallimore | Jan 11, 2016

Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay told the Madison County Record that he supports consolidation recommendation put forth by the state’s Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.

Supreme Court rejects Tillery's latest attempt to revive Price v. Philip Morris

By Ann Maher | Jan 11, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied attorney Stephen Tillery's request to recall a mandate the Court issued a decade ago after it struck down a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris. In the same announcement posted this afternoon, the Court also denied Tillery's move to recuse or disqualify Justice Lloyd Karmeier from hearing the matter. Only Justice Robert Thomas did not participate in the decisions. Karmeier denied a similar recusal motion last year, after Tillery’s b

Illinois to issue $500M in bonds, continues to pay highest borrowing rate of all 50 states

By Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 12, 2016

Illinois’ monthslong budget gridlock, $111 billion in government-worker pension debt, and more than a decade of unbalanced budgets have resulted in credit downgrades for Illinois and the highest borrowing costs of any state in the nation.

High court hears Friedrichs arguments; Future of ‘fair-share dues’ likely in the balance

By Scott Reeder, Illinois News Network | Jan 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — Forced unionization of government workers may be on the brink of ending in the United States if questions asked Monday by justices of the U.S.

Stobbs denies Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss asbestos suit; Cites Ford’s prior statement in IL SC establishing contact in the state

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs denied a motion to dismiss an asbestos case filed by Ford Motor Company, relying on a statement made by Ford to the Illinois Supreme Court expressing its substantial contacts with the state.

Belleville hospital denies liability in suit alleging patient died of cardiac arrest

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

A Belleville hospital denies liability in a woman’s wrongful death suit alleging her husband died of cardiac arrest as a result of the defendants’ negligence.

Cahokia nurse denies liability and alleges protocol was followed in wrongful death case

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

A nurse at a Cahokia nursing center claims that while she can’t remember the details of a patient’s alleged falls, she asserts that all protocols were followed in the wrongful death action.

Suit alleges Highland driver to blame for crash that injured woman

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 12, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – An Illinois woman is suing over injuries she allegedly sustained after the defendant's vehicle collided with hers.

McBride & Sons removes former employee’s wrongful termination suit to federal court

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

Several real estate defendants removed a former employee’s suit alleging she was wrongfully terminated following injuries she claims she suffered in a job-site accident.

Former railroad engineer amends complaint alleging harassment caused heart attack

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

A former railroad engineer was ordered to file an amended complaint, which alleges harassment by his supervisor and fear of physical contact caused his heart attack and resignation.

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