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Opioid litigation should not be opportunity for lawyers' big payday

The Madison County Record Nov. 17, 2017, 8:56am

Madison County needs to heed the lessons from the tobacco lawsuits and focus on what is best for Madison County residents – not on making sure personal injury lawyers get a big payday.

The case of the hidden property tax

The Madison County Record Nov. 13, 2017, 9:19am

Truth in taxation wins and the residents can trust that no more than the requested tax levy will be collected.

Belleville's now permanent 'temporary' sales tax is driving out people and businesses

The Madison County Record Oct. 3, 2017, 4:59pm

The city officials who told the people then that it was just "temporary" knew they were going to keep it. The more they get the more they spend.

Getting 340B drug discount program back on track

The Madison County Record Oct. 2, 2017, 9:14am

While not yet in the limelight of healthcare discussions, and totally unknown to most people, the federal 340B drug discount program affects many vulnerable patients in Southwestern Illinois. Created in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients afford valuable medications by providing certain hospitals and safety net clinics with discounted medicine, the 340B program is no longer functioning as intended.

McCarter lashes out at Rauner over abortion funding bill HB40; Says he should not run for re-election

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2017, 4:32pm

I am extremely disappointed in the Governor’s decision. The new law requires abortions be paid for with tax dollars for any reason, including sex, race, or imperfection, throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Rauner's statement on signing abortion funding bill

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2017, 4:26pm

I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle.

IL GOP statement on HB40

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2017, 4:19pm

I am disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign HB40 as the Illinois Republican Party opposes taxpayer-funded abortions.

Reaction to civil asset forfeiture bill signing

The Madison County Record Sep. 20, 2017, 6:58am

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 303, which adds additional protections against civil asset forfeiture. The law will protect residents from having their property seized unjustly by the government if they are accused of a crime.

ITLA responds to Harris poll

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2017, 12:04pm

If the U.S. Chamber wants a debate over what justice means for someone who lost a child due to a physician’s gross negligence, a worker maimed because his plant didn’t want to spend a few extra dollars for safer equipment, or for an individual killed when shrapnel severed their carotid artery after a defective airbag inexplicably exploded in their face, let’s have that debate.

Like California, so goes Illinois as sanctuary state

The Madison County Record Sep. 7, 2017, 1:41pm

What recourse do law-abiding patriots have when elected officials blatantly show disrespect for our laws?

Ray Coleman statement of atonement

The Madison County Record Jul. 27, 2017, 10:49am

I want to take this opportunity to make a declarative statement to those familiar with my history as the head basketball coach at East St. Louis Sr. High School from 2010 to 2012.

What is moral responsibility of city administration in Granite City?

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 7:46am

Is it appropriate to waive a possible cumulative total in excess of $6,000 in fees and fines (according to the language in the ordinance) because those persons violating the ordinance are city employees?

News vacuum opens door for start-up to focus on important things

The Madison County Record Jul. 25, 2017, 6:36am

That vacuum will provide an opportunity for a new political message and a new cable news messenger. This new entity will speak to those who are not adherents to the message of the crazy left or the crazy right. It will focus on how to achieve the goals listed above; jobs, a significant increase in family purchasing power, an optimistic future for children, and the ability for individuals to control their own senior years.

Ignore at your own risk: radio frequency/microwave radiation

The Madison County Record May 30, 2017, 8:35am

In a breaking news story on March 3, the CA Department of Public Health, in a widely distributed report, released a draft document outlining heath officials' concerns about cellphone radiation exposure after keeping it under wraps for over seven years. For those who have denied the hazards of cell phone usage in the past, this study cannot be ignored. Cell phones emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMF's (electromagnetic fields).

Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

The Madison County Record May 24, 2017, 11:42am

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which early investors see quality returns, not because their money was invested wisely as the investors are led to believe, but because new investors fund the payouts. The cycle perpetuates itself – more and more new investors are needed to continue to fund previous investors' returns at an unbeknownst higher risk to themselves – until it inevitably collapses.

Reasons why FNC is losing audience to MSNBC

The Madison County Record May 16, 2017, 2:06pm

For those of you who do not follow things as mundane as television rating scores, you may be surprised to learn that Fox News Channel (FNC) is losing its lead as the powerhouse in primetime cable TV ratings to MSNBC. There are a couple of reasons why.

Belleville candidate responds to sitting alderman's 'she knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning' comment

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 12:47pm

Note Phil Elmore's social media post: March 8, 2017 (International Women's Day) He writes: "Anybody that votes for Lillian hates Belleville and progress. She knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning, that's it. For Belleville sake I hope this is the last we hear from her lunacy.”  

Madison County Citizens for Educational Sustainability: Vote 'no' on sales tax increase

The Madison County Record Mar. 15, 2017, 10:00am

Some school board members are saying they “promise” to use some of this new sales tax money to “reduce” property taxes. But a school board member cannot make a promise “forever.” They can change their mind at any time. The purpose of this new sales tax is not to reduce property taxes. It’s to issue bonds, which could increase your property taxes.

Taxpayers cannot afford the same administration in Belleville

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 10:14am

Taxpayers and voters, please remember to vote on April 4. Our city cannot afford another four years of the current administration. The precious dollars you earn from which the city extracts should not be expended on lending your money to businesses. If businesses want to stay in business, they need to find a way to do so, but not on the backs of us taxpayers.

IMA: Budget must address pension obligations, work comp reform, tax code

The Madison County Record Feb. 15, 2017, 3:02pm

The IMA believes a final budget solution must address the root of the state's problems with structural reforms addressing our pension obligations and debt while restoring fiscal discipline and enacting real reforms that will create a vibrant business climate by attracting jobs and investments