News from February 2018

Motorist sues over Green Haven Road collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A motorist alleges another driver struck her vehicle when she attempted to turn on Illinois Route 159 from Green Haven Road.

Witness in case against St. Clair County judge came forth with video during end of '16 election cycle

By Record News | Feb 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A special prosecutor pursuing sexual abuse charges against a St. Clair County judge will call a witness who produced a video 10 days before the 2016 election claiming he was sexually battered 17 years earlier by then attorney Ron Duebbert.

Ives: Madigan should step down over handling of sexual harassment complaint

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The office of House Speaker is a powerful position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. It is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

People have argued for years about the right answer to that poser. Here's another: Which comes first, the trial or the decision?

Kiss-off: Too many Illinoisans breaking up with the state

By Vincent Caruso, Illinois Policy Institute | Feb 14, 2018

Every relationship comes with some sacrifices. But for an alarming number of Illinoisans, they're opting instead to sacrifice their state IDs.

Motorist seeks damages after rear-end collision in Brooklyn

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 14, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A St. Louis man alleges he was injured in a rear-end collision in Brooklyn.

Madigan says he won't resign in wake of staffer sexual harassment scandal

By Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network | Feb 14, 2018

Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign in the wake of allegations his political operation slow-walked an investigation of a staffer alleging sexual harassment by a supervisor.

From Cook County Record

IL appeals court upholds dismissal of class action challenging Chicago red light camera program law

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 14, 2018

Saying state law designates Chicago’s red light and speed camera enforcement programs as something different from ordinary traffic laws, a state appeals court has again handed a defeat to a class action attempting to overthrow the city’s automated traffic citation program, which annually adds millions of dollars in fines from ticketed motorists to the city’s coffers.

Driver alleges man ran red light in Madison County crash

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 14, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A man is seeking more than $50,000 in damages over alleged injuries sustained in a collision in Madison County.

IRMA responds to Rauner's budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is concerned about the continued cuts and devaluing of Medicaid providers as well as its impact on the populations they serve. Pharmacies serve on the front lines when it comes to treating Medicaid patients, especially in areas with few medical options.

Illinois Municipal League responds to Rauner budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

While we are aware of the challenges with our state's budget, the proposed cut to Local Government Distribution Fund (LGDF) would directly impact core services for all Illinois citizens.

ITLA responds to Rauner budget

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

Under the guise of “reform,” Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking changes to our workers’ compensation laws that will shift the responsibility of caring for injured workers away from insurers and onto those hurt on the job and the taxpayers.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 14, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

Motorist alleges speeding driver caused I-255 collision

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 14, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A Jerseyville man alleges a speeding driver caused a collision on Interstate 255 in Madison County.

Rauner outlines FY19 budget

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

“It reduces government expense but not customer service. It shifts responsibility for the cost of services to the people who buy those services. And it recognizes that we will never have balanced budgets if government grows faster than our economy.”

Colorado woman alleges she was injured as a passenger in I-64 collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A Colorado resident alleges she was injured as a passenger in a collision on Interstate 64 when another driver improperly changed lanes and struck the vehicle in which she was riding.

Seventh Circuit affirms $5 million wrongful death verdict over I-70 crash; Son came upon father’s burning tractor trailer ‘in a tragic coincidence’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 15, 2018

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s $5 million wrongful death verdict and $625,000 rescue doctrine award in district judge David Herndon’s courtroom involving a fiery tractor trailer collision on Interstate 70.

Judge rules testimony stays in former Highland principal's pay discrimination case

By John Severance | Feb 15, 2018

BENTON – A federal judge has denied a motion that would have thrown out the testimony of an expert witness regarding pay equality for a former Highland school administrator.

Office Depot customer alleges automatic doors closed on him, causing injuries

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE – An Office Depot customer alleges he was injured when he was struck by automatic doors at the store.

Driver sues over Godfrey Township collision

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Feb 15, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A woman alleges a driver's failure to reduce her speed caused a rear-end collision in Godfrey Township in Madison County.

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