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Emails that Gibbons sought to suppress promised free beer for '12 Haine fund-raiser

EDWARDSVILLE – Chief Illinois appellate prosecutor Patrick Delfino sponsored an event with free beer for State Sen. Bill Haine in 2012, according to electronic mail that Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons tried for months to suppress.

Judge will decide by Wednesday whether county board member Dalton will stay on ballot

Madison County Circuit Judge Dave Dugan is expected to rule by tomorrow whether petitions of Democrat County Board member Elizabeth Dalton will withstand electoral challenge from a Republican constituent.

Seats at the opioid litigation table are rearranged; Simmons partner loses spot on executive committee

CLEVELAND – District Judge Dan Polster ordered plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation to rearrange seats at the table after a protest against the original executive committee rung out from West Virginia.

Man sues MetroLink over 2017 shooting at Emerson Park station

BELLEVILLE – An East St. Louis man is seeking damages after he was shot at a MetroLink station in early 2017.

State’s Attorney Kelly will have primary challenge after objection denied

CHICAGO – All eight members of the State Electoral Board denied an objection that would have guaranteed the nomination of St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly as Democratic candidate for Congress.

Elections board rules for Hilmes in ballot challenge brought by GOP rival Ruocco

The Illinois State Board of Elections ruled Thursday that Republican candidate for St. Clair County circuit judge "B. Marshall Hilmes" will be allowed to remain on the ballot at the March 20 primary election.

Prenzler says he is 'committed to eradicating' public corruption following raid at Madison County administration building

Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler said he is “committed to eradicating” public corruption and supports “legitimate criminal investigations” in a statement Thursday after a Madison County Public Corruption Task Force searched offices at the Madison County administration building Wednesday.

Federal court to hear testimony next week in alleged ‘wiping’ of a Madison County hard drive

BENTON – While state police examine Madison County computers they seized on Jan. 10, U.S. Magistrate Judge Reona Daly prepares for a hearing on the wiping of a hard drive in the transition from the prior administration to the current one.

Attorney hopeful that civil court fees will be reformed in 2018 General Assembly session

Attorney Steven F. Pflaum of Chicago is hoping this year will mark the beginning of the end of rising court fees in the state's judicial system.

Developing: State police raid offices at Madison County administration building

Public corruption task force officers of the Illinois State Police have raided offices at the Madison County Administration building, according to an official who works in the building.

Madison County Associate Judge Luther Simmons retires; Plans to begin working at Simmons Hanly Conroy next month

Madison County Associate Judge Luther Simmons’ retired Jan. 5 after serving on the bench for roughly two years, leaving an associate judge vacancy to be filled.

Kolker affirmed in cases paving the way for class actions; One plaintiff firm is campaign contributor

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges have affirmed two orders of 20th Circuit Associate Judge Christopher Kolker, paving the way for attorneys David Cates and John Driscoll to start class actions.

Onder firm files talc suit against J&J, others in St. Clair County

BELLEVILLE – A widower of a St. Clair County woman alleges she was exposed to asbestos through talc and talc-based body products.

Wirepoints: State Treasurer's social justice warrior investment practices makes bad policy

A financial expert says "social justice warrior" investment practices of Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs makes for bad policy and sets a dangerous precedent for future administrations that may hold different political views.

Madison County's judiciary chair wants to prevent opioid litigation from resembling asbestos docket

Madison County Board member Mike Walters came out forcefully against modeling potential opioid litigation after the type of lawsuits the county is most well known for, saying the asbestos docket has been a "terrible drain" in terms of businesses that either want to leave or not locate here at all.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says

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CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.

Judge who overturned Rauner 'fair share' executive order had worked as Madigan staffer in earlier days

Critics of policy decisions that prop up labor organizations at the expense of taxpayers have said it’s no mistake that some of the state's most consequential and political legal battles - contract negotiations, worker pay and union dues - have been filed in “union friendly” St. Clair County.

Trial for murder suspect Fields could take place this spring

Trial for suspect David Fields, accused in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas, could take place this spring.

Autopsy report shows attorney John M. Delaney Jr.'s blood had 'intoxicating levels' of alcohol, opiates at time of death

According to an autopsy report obtained through a FOIA request, East Alton attorney John M. Delaney died Aug. 3 due to a gunshot wound of the head with “intoxicating levels of alcohol and hydrocodone in the blood.”

St. Clair County clerk agrees to cease 'loss and cost of collection' increase on taxing districts

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Clerk Thomas Holbrook has agreed to stop adding a percentage to line items in district levies which ended up increasing property tax paid by homeowners.