News from February 2017

Sprague’s record in St. Clair Co. ballot battles shows three straight wins

By Record News | Feb 7, 2017

St. Clair County Democrat party chairman Robert Sprague has won three straight ballot battles as counsel for candidates at the courthouse.  

Herndon to be inducted into 'Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame'; Fellow inductee is AAJ chief Lipsen

By S. Laney Griffo | Feb 7, 2017

U.S. District Judge David Herndon will be inducted into The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame in April at the Mass Torts Made Perfect (MTMP) conference in Las Vegas, alongside American Association for Justice president Linda Lipsen.

Defense counsel moves for mistrial during opening statements of Madison County asbestos case

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 7, 2017

Opening statements were hardly underway in a rare Madison County asbestos trial when counsel for defendant Hennessy Industries Inc. moved for a mistrial over the plaintiff's request for $8.5 million in compensatory damages.

Auction company denies running up price at land auction; Says buyers authorized the bid by 'own free will'

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 7, 2017

An auction company denies liability in a suit alleging shill or ghost bidding was used to raise prices, arguing that the buyers didn’t have to bid on the land if they thought the prices were too high.

Homeowners deny liability in grandmother’s trip and fall suit while trick-or-treating; They say she should have used the sidewalk

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 7, 2017

Smithton homeowners argue that a woman caused her own injuries by failing to use a sidewalk when she tripped over a guide wire for an inflated Halloween display while trick-or-treating with her grandchildren.

Townhouse Motel denies liability in suit alleging plaster fell on guest

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 7, 2017

Townhouse Motel denies liability in a guest’s suit alleging she was injured when plaster fell on her while she was in the shower.

Madison County jury reaches defense verdict in pedestrian's accident suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 7, 2017

A Madison County jury returned a defense verdict in favor of a truck driver sued for allegedly driving over a pedestrian’s foot.

John Cullerton feeds the rumor mill to deflect blame for his failures

By The Madison County Record | Feb 8, 2017

Rumor has it that State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) is “frustrated” with the current Illinois budget crisis and is contemplating retirement.

Foreclosure claim filed against The Rex Carr Law Firm

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 8, 2017

A foreclosure claim was filed against The Rex Carr Law Firm of East St. Louis for allegedly failing to make payments on a $14,311 debt.

New Trier High School avoids diversity like the plague

By The Madison County Record | Feb 8, 2017

It should be obvious that it’s not ideological diversity that we find in government schools today. It’s ideological incest committed by leftists. And the kind of de facto censorship of conservative ideas that is corrupting New Trier’s All-School Seminar Day is what transmogrifies education into indoctrination.

Former manager of Illinois Lottery faces class action in St. Clair County; Northstar allegedly discontinued games to maximize earnings

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2017

The first private company to run Illinois Lottery is being sued in St. Clair County for allegedy not paying out all, and in some cases any, grand prizes to ticket purchasers by discontinuing games.

St. Clair County jury awards motorist $5,500 in car accident suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 8, 2017

A St. Clair County jury awarded motorist Arthur Lange $5,500 in a car accident suit

Dugan picked to fill Barberis vacancy in Third Circuit

By Ann Maher | Feb 9, 2017

East Alton attorney David W. Dugan has been picked to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit, created when former circuit judge John Barberis was elected to the appellate court in November.

Estate administrator sues asbestos-containing product manufacturers for alleged negligence

By Michael Abella | Feb 9, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A special administrator of a deceased man's estate is suing Aerco International Inc., Alfa Laval Inc., Armstrong International Inc., et al., asbestos-containing product manufacturers, alleging negligence.

Illinois voter data analysis finds voters registered two, three, even four times

By LGIS Newsfeed | Feb 9, 2017

A recent analysis by Local Government Information Services (LGIS) found almost 50,000 duplicate voter registration records, representing Illinois residents who are registered multiple times.

E Pluribus Unum

By John J. Hopkins | Feb 9, 2017

“From many, One.” I wonder, with the lack of civics training in public schools, how many citizens actually can state and more importantly, translate the phrase. I would think the numbers are small, indeed, very small.

State social service agencies sue in St. Clair County to force timely payments for services

By Ann Maher | Feb 9, 2017

A group of state human and social service agencies and companies filed suit today in St. Clair County against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials to force timely payments for services performed.

HeplerBroom creates specialty practice to fight online security issues

By Chandra Lye | Feb 10, 2017

Edwardsville-based HeplerBroom has created a specialized practice group dedicated to helping organizations navigate cyber threats, data security breaches and data protection issues.

Report: Illinois pension debt grew to record $130 billion in 2016

By Robert Lawson | Feb 10, 2017

Illinois is facing a profound pension debt crisis, and a new report from the Commission on Government Forecasting Accountability shows that on average, each household in the state is responsible for about $27,000 in unfunded liabilities. 

Apology laws do not reduce medical malpractice suits, study finds

By John Breslin | Feb 10, 2017

Apology laws that allow physicians to express sympathy to patients and families without it being used against them have not reduced the number of medical malpractice suits filed, or the amounts paid out, according to a new study.

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