A woman attending a conference at East St. Louis School District 189 claims she fell in an unguarded opening in the sidewalk's concrete.

Joyce Smith claims she injured her back, neck and knees when she fell on the property located at 4900 State St. in East St. Louis on Nov. 16, 2006.

Smith filed suit against the school district and the city Nov. 15 in St. Clair County Circuit Court alleging the defendants failed to repair the dangerous condition and failed to provide proper lighting.

Smith, represented by James R. Williams of Williams, Caponi and Associates of Belleville, is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages.

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