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Local watchdog goes after Quinn, Madigan over improper spending allegations

John Revak Nov. 22, 2017, 7:20am

CHICAGO – Chicago Watchdog organization Project Six is on the trail of what it believes is corruption involving Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Chicago Alderman Marty Quinn.

Server alleges Longhorn terminated her after refusing to give manager prescription opioid

Lhalie Castillo Nov. 21, 2017, 2:25pm

BELLEVILLE – A Fairview Heights woman alleges she was retaliated against and eventually terminated by her restaurant chain employer after she refused to give a managing partner her prescription medication.

Many in Southern Illinois justice system are involved in Duebbert-related legal actions

The Madison County Record Nov. 21, 2017, 7:20am

SPRINGFIELD – Seeking justice for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert means seeking it all over Southern Illinois.

Lawyers competing for lucrative opioid litigation go before county Judiciary

Ann Maher Nov. 20, 2017, 3:44pm

Lawyers competing to represent Madison County in lucrative contingency fee litigation against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs touted their experience to members of the Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday.

Prenzler will not release Poshard reports due to attorney objections

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 20, 2017, 3:05pm

Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler last week said he would not yet release the two outside investigation reports involving sexual harassment claims after the attorneys involved objected to the documents’ release.

Foley denies taking part in Madison County bid rigging conspiracy; Amended complaint rejoins county defendnats, seeks to expand class

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 20, 2017, 8:53am

In response to the recently amended Madison County bid rigging class action, auctioneer James Foley says he was not an alleged conspirator nor was he the auctioneer at tax sales where delinquent taxes were systematically sold at the highest penalty rate.

Following release from 10-year prison stint, Peel again challenges conviction and again loses

The Madison County Record Nov. 18, 2017, 7:27am

ENTON – Former lawyer Gary Peel, who challenged his criminal convictions from prison many times and always lost, challenged them upon his recent release and lost again.

Contingency fee debate continues over Madison County's potential opioid litigation

Ann Maher Nov. 16, 2017, 10:09am

As state and local governments across the country contemplate how to go about pursuing litigation to offset costs of opioid addiction, a debate continues in Madison County over details of hiring outside lawyers to handle a potential lawsuit.

Crowded field of AG candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office

John Breslin Nov. 14, 2017, 5:15pm

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement earlier this year that she will not seek another term has led to an avalanche of candidates announcing intentions to run, at least on the Democratic side.

Chrysler alleges lead counsel in UConnect case has conflict of interest by also representing expert

The Madison County Record Nov. 14, 2017, 4:40pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Chrysler, defending a federal class action about hacking, claims plaintiff lawyer Stephen Wigginton improperly represents an expert for the class.

Georgia Pacific's Bestwall seeks Chapter 11; Cites ‘abuses in the tort system’ in Madison County

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 14, 2017, 3:57pm

In its request for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bestwall LLC, a unit of Georgia Pacific, cites a 2005 Madison County asbestos case where “highly questionable claiming practices” were used during litigation to reach higher payouts before changing the story for bankruptcy trust filings.

Colorado crash suit in Illinois court settles in wake of defense BMS challenge

The Madison County Record Nov. 14, 2017, 2:19pm

BENTON – Attorney Tom Keefe of Belleville and colleagues in Colorado settled a suit over a fatal crash in Colorado after a defendant challenged Illinois jurisdiction under a new decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge from Fourth Circuit will preside over state's case against Duebbert

Ann Maher Nov. 14, 2017, 2:00pm

A judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit will preside in the state's case against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier on Nov. 7.

Government accuses Tillery of trying to avoid taxes on K-Mart FCA settlement proceeds

The Madison County Record Nov. 14, 2017, 12:10pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – After months of secrecy about a settlement that Stephen Tillery of St. Louis reached on a claim that K-Mart cheated the government, the government accuses him of trying to dodge taxes on the proceeds.

Despite outflow of high earners, Dem gov. candidates push progressive tax

Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network Nov. 13, 2017, 1:23pm

With an entire year until the 2018 election for Illinois governor, instituting a progressive tax is already emerging as a battleground topic in the race.

McCarter calls Springfield a 'gross atmosphere' in wake of sexual harassment allegations

Ann Maher Nov. 10, 2017, 11:54am

SPRINGFIELD - Programs on how not to engage in sexual harassment were given to lawmakers this week following recent bombshell allegations made by a lobbyist who claimed a ranking member of the state Senate harassed her.

MDL panel will hear opioid consolidation arguments Nov. 30 in St. Louis

The Madison County Record Nov. 10, 2017, 6:48am

WASHINGTON – Judges on a national panel must decide whether to consolidate opioid suits of local governments and if so, whether to send them to West Virginia, Illinois or Ohio.

Nearly one year later, still no Ford decision out of Fifth District

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 8, 2017, 6:33pm

It’s been nearly a year since Fifth District Appellate Court justices heard oral arguments in the Jeffs v Ford asbestos jurisdictional appeal out of Madison County Circuit and a decision still hasn’t been reached.

Duebbert will plead not guilty to felony sexual abuse charges; Lawyer says 'because he's not guilty'

The Madison County Record Nov. 7, 2017, 5:59pm

Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.

Appeals court: State must give union workers their pay raises while negotiating new contract

Scott Holland Nov. 7, 2017, 5:12pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court dealt Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner a setback Nov. 6 by ruling in favor of union employees on the question of stepped salary increases, saying whether or not there is a collective bargaining agreement in place, the union workers are owed the regular pay raises, which the state hasn't paid since a contract expired in 2015.