News from April 2018

Identity theft conviction out of Bond County upheld

By Angela Underwood | Apr 1, 2018

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a Bond County Circuit Court identity theft conviction of a defendant found with up to 15 different individuals' credentials.

Former laborer seeks more than $50,000 from Honeywell, others after cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A former laborer has filed a lawsuit against a number of companies after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Caterpillar, others negligent for using products with asbestos fibers, couple says

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing a number of companies claiming the husband was exposed to asbestos during his career.

Couple accuses Anco Insulations of negligence after husband's cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Man alleges asbestos in items used by Crane Co., Zurn Industries, others caused cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 2, 2018

A former laborer is suing a number of companies alleging their use of products containing asbestos caused cancer.

Daughter sues American Honda Motor, Boeing, others after mother's cancer death

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 2, 2018

A daughter is suing a number of companies claiming they failed to warn her mother about the risks of asbestos exposure.

Defendants seek summary judgment in Madison County bid rigging suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 2, 2018

Several defendants accused of participating in an alleged bid-rigging conspiracy with former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon seek summary judgment from the plaintiffs’ third amended complaint.

Jameson: GOP's issues remain even after Hildenbrand's primary win

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 2, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — Doug Jameson concedes many in the Republican Party probably breathed a sigh of relief when Tanya Hildenbrand defeated self-proclaimed provocateur Bob Romanik in last month’s GOP primary in the 57th Senate District.

District judge directs BASSC, former worker to settlement conference in employment case

By Angela Underwood | Apr 2, 2018

BENTON — U.S. District Judge David Herndon has granted in part and denied in part a special-education cooperative's motion for summary judgment in a case filed by an employee who retired earlier than planned and directed them to a settlement conference.

Court grants Hartford Fire Insurance summary judgment in flood damage case

By Robert Davis | Apr 2, 2018

BENTON — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Illinois granted Hartford Fire Insurance Co.'s motion for summary judgment on March 23, citing certain exclusions in its coverage policy maintained the company could not be held liable for property damage stemming from a burst pipe.

Herndon denies Madison County officials’ move to dismiss Lavite’s First Amendment lawsuit

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Madison County must defend retaliation claims of Veteran Assistance Superintendent Bradley Lavite, U.S. District Judge David Herndon decided on March 29.

Progressive tax proposal would mean as much as a $600 tax hike for typical Metro East family

By Joe Kaiser, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 3, 2018

Though some politicians claim a progressive income tax would only affect the rich, rates established under House Bill 3522 would raise income taxes on middle-class families.

Civic Federation: State 'lost' billions in revenue by foregoing taxes on retirement income

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Apr 3, 2018

A Chicago think tank says Illinois is losing out on billions of dollars in revenue by not taxing retirement income.

Driver accused of following too closely in Fairview Heights crash

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Apr 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A passenger is suing a driver for allegedly causing a rear-end collision in Fairview Heights.

Guardian claims TD Ameritrade, Bank of America allowed unauthorized account withdrawals

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Apr 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE — An estate guardian is suing two financial institutions for allegedly allowing unauthorized individuals to withdraw more than $413,000 from an account.

Road contractor plans to appeal $8.1 million jury verdict

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

BENTON – Southern Illinois Asphalt plans to challenge a jury verdict holding it liable for $8,169,512.84 on a misrepresentation claim.

Judge denies motion to dismiss ADA class action against convenience store chain Casey's

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 3, 2018

BENTON – A federal judge has rejected a bid by a convenience-store chain to dismiss a claim that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Hale v. State Farm trial postponed four months until after Labor Day

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon postponed for four months a jury trial on a $9 billion claim against State Farm.

Pension spending out of control and in need of reform, critic says

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 3, 2018

Are teacher pension subsidies fairly distributed in Illinois?

Trial date in Duebbert case moves up from June 23 to May 7

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney quietly accelerated the felony trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, moving it up from June 23 to May 7.

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