As if to add insult to injury, the Illinois legislature recently allocated $96 million to fund a 5-mile MetroLink rail extension between Shiloh-Scott station and the airport. The rail link will replace existing dedicated MetroBus service from Shiloh-Scott station to the airport.
Illinois’ financial decay isn't just happening at the top, it has likely spread to your community, too. Households from Peoria to Harvey and from Alton to Rockford are seeing property values fall, city populations shrink, tax burdens jump and incomes stagnate.
Public pensions are already eating away Illinois government services, increasing by more than 500% during the past 20 years as spending on core services including child protection, state police and college money for poor students has dropped by nearly one-third since 2000.
There once was a time when southern Illinois' appellate court system provided cover for some of the most outlandish claims in the nation (retailer class actions awarding millions in fees to lawyers and coupons to consumers over disputes involving pennies comes to mind), with no aspect of commerce immune from litigation.
Our beloved Gator need not only be remembered for how he died, but more for how he lived. He lived his short life full and complete, with no regrets. We need now to carry on, to love more, appreciate more, knowing in the wash of our tears, Nick is still with us in spirit. We need only to seek his presence in our memories, and then carry on. It will be hard, but he is worth it. Be not afraid.
The race to cannibalize the few remaining, still-solvent companies in any way associated with the asbestos industry continues. Leading the race once again, filing more suits than any other firm in the nation’s premier asbestos docket is (drum roll, please) – Gori Julian.
Why are most people law-abiding? Why does anyone obey the law? Is it because they fear the penalties for breaking it? They may, but that’s not the reason. No, most people obey the law because they believe it’s generally reasonable and fairly applied, and that it’s in everyone’s best interests to be law-abiding.
When dairy prices rise, having a cow is a good thing – for dairy farmers, anyway. Assuming that their costs haven’t risen and offset the added income, they make more money, which is good for them. They can stay in business and keep feeding the American people, many of whom seem to have no idea where milk, cheese, and beef come from.
In 2013, halfway through his one-year term, Belleville plaintiffs attorney Tom Keefe was obliged to relinquish his position as interim dean of St. Louis University School of Law when school officials confronted him about crude sexual comments he’d reportedly made on campus.