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Customers should read insurance policies, not wait to sue til denied coverage, high court rules

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 22, 2018

Saying customers have an obligation to read and understand the terms of their insurance policies, the Illinois state Supreme Court has rejected the try by a couple to make their American Family Insurance agent pay for providing them with a policy that didn’t protect them against a defamation lawsuit, even though they had specifically asked the agent to obtain that coverage for them.

From DuPage Policy Journal

A queen of the Chicago machine launches her political career in the western suburbs

By W.J. Kennedy | Oct 20, 2018

Like some other single 30-year-olds, Bridget Fitzgerald still lives with her parents, in Western Springs.

'People are motivated' says organizer of taxpayer revolt rally, set Oct. 24

By John Sammon | Oct 20, 2018

COLLINSVILLE – Inspired by a desire to take action against out of control taxation, a “Taxpayer Revolt Rally” is set to take place Oct. 24 in Collinsville, just ahead of an election that could be considered a referendum on the hot topic.

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Time running out for lawyers suing opioid industry to show specific proof

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 20, 2018

The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry has given plaintiffs a stark choice on a tight deadline: Hand over evidence of specific prescriptions they believe were improper or lose the right to present such evidence forever.

Madison County jury awards bus passengers $500 and $1,000 in collision suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 20, 2018

Two passengers alleging they were injured when a motorist struck the rear of a Metro transit bus were awarded $500 and $1000 following a three-day trial in Madison County Associate Judge Steven Stobbs’ courtroom.

Madison County officials differ sharply on election cyber security in wake of '16 Russian hacking

By John Breslin | Oct 19, 2018

A "white hat" hacking test of Madison County's computer systems is causing confusion and sharply differing positions over the involvement of the county clerk's office - which handles elections.

Class counsel in Hale v. State Farm seek $90 million in fees and costs from $250 million settlement

By Record News | Oct 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who settled a $10 billion racketeering claim against State Farm for $250 million seek about $90 million in fees and costs.

Watson apologizes to fellow police pension trustee over outburst at July meeting

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

CAHOKIA – St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson, as a trustee of Cahokia police pensions, apologized to fellow trustee Francella Jackson on Oct. 17, for his behavior at a previous board meeting.

Gleeson delays indefinitely Monsanto, Cerro Copper trial involving thousands of pollution claims

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Chief Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson, who had set the first of many pollution trials involving Monsanto and Cerro Copper to be taking place while voters decided whether to retain him, postponed it in August and delayed it indefinitely on Oct. 3.

Holbrook says only one complaint over machines during early voting - from Belleville lawyer wanting to cast 'no' on retention

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

Only one complaint over a possible glitch in voting machines has been fielded during early voting, according to St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook.

Republican candidate from East St. Louis describes attack flyer linking him to 'Springfield insiders' as 'preposterous'

By John Breslin | Oct 17, 2018

A Republican candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives has described as "preposterous" an attack flyer linking him to corporate interests and Springfield insiders.

Lawyer contributions to Smith exceed total contributions for other Madison County judicial candidates

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 17, 2018

Plaintiff lawyers and firms make up more than half of the campaign contributions for Democratic judicial candidate Sarah Smith in Madison County.

Madison County jurors award motorist $100K; Defendant rejected $18K arbitration award

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 17, 2018

A Madison County jury awarded a motorist $100,000 in a suit involving a Wood River collision.

Gibbons must release internal investigation documents of sexual harassment, AG rules

By Record News | Oct 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons to release documents from an internal investigation of sexual harassment to former secretary Andrew Kane and the public.

From Cook County Record

Pritzker campaign accused in lawsuit of discrimination, harassment against black, Latino campaign staffers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 16, 2018

Saying the Illinois gubernatorial frontrunner’s campaign has routinely “herded” and “marginalized” its workers of color, a group of African American and Latino workers for Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker has sued Pritzker’s campaign organization for discrimination and harassment.

Overstreet win at Fifth District could grow conservative hold on bench

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Republican candidate for a permanent seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court, Justice David Overstreet, steers clear of addressing "trigger" issues for the trial bar - "frivolous" litigation and "caps" on damages - in questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League.

Gleeson, Cruse and Emge respond to ICJL questionnaire on range of topics

By Ann Maher | Oct 16, 2018

Voters in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - St. Clair, Monroe, Perry, Randolph and Washington counties - will be asked in next month's election whether circuit judges Andrew Gleeson (chief judge), Zina Cruse (at large judge) and Daniel Emge (Washington County resident judge) should be retained - yes or no.

Hoffman, Costello end Q3 with $1.36M combined compared to less than $10K held by competitors Jameson, Friess

By Record News | Oct 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Spending on downstate races to keep the Illinois State House controlled by Democrats rivals the ferocity playing out on a national level to put the minority party back in control of the U.S. House.

Lawyers near and far go big for Democrat judicial candidates; Republican challengers take note in 'we don't owe anyone' message

By Record News | Oct 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Four law firms provided 59 percent of itemized contributions to judicial campaigns of Democrats Heinz Rudolf, John O’Gara, and Christopher Kolker in the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Jameson reacts angrily to attacks by opponent over Quincy veterans' home tragedy

By John Breslin | Oct 13, 2018

Republican candidate for the 113th District, Doug Jameson, has reacted angrily to attacks on him by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Jay Hoffman, over the Quincy veterans' home tragedy.

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