Latest News

ITLA responds to Rauner budget

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

Under the guise of “reform,” Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking changes to our workers’ compensation laws that will shift the responsibility of caring for injured workers away from insurers and onto those hurt on the job and the taxpayers.

Illinois Municipal League responds to Rauner budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

While we are aware of the challenges with our state's budget, the proposed cut to Local Government Distribution Fund (LGDF) would directly impact core services for all Illinois citizens.

IRMA responds to Rauner's budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association is concerned about the continued cuts and devaluing of Medicaid providers as well as its impact on the populations they serve. Pharmacies serve on the front lines when it comes to treating Medicaid patients, especially in areas with few medical options.

Ives: Madigan should step down over handling of sexual harassment complaint

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The office of House Speaker is a powerful position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. It is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

Ives addresses 'Thank you, Bruce Rauner' ad

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

So what the commercial that is generating the expected hysteria from the expected quarters attempted to do, admittedly provocatively, was to properly and truthfully characterize the extreme issue positions Rauner took and their implications.

Kolker campaign cautions residents on social media scam

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker wants Metro-East residents to be aware of a new scam that is being perpetrated on social media.

Ruocco: A candidate's gender should be irrelevant in political discourse

By The Madison County Record | Jan 31, 2018

When one candidate believes another is behaving inappropriately, that candidate should be able and encouraged to call out and discourage such behavior. The respective genders of the candidates involved should be irrelevant.

Women candidates need to be perceived as 'not weak'

By The Madison County Record | Jan 26, 2018

Katherine Ruocco thinks someone is bullying her when she is caught stealing a slogan and social media posts. I would expect more from someone like her who wants to be a judge, especially as a woman.

Ruocco: Bully on the bench

By The Madison County Record | Jan 21, 2018

Judge Kolker’s unreasonable behavior creates a chilling effect that discourages the legitimate exercise of one’s legal right to speak. We don’t need bullies on the bench.

Kolker campaign: 'facts are stubborn things'

By The Madison County Record | Jan 19, 2018

I read with interest Ms. Ruocco's recent letter that she did not knowingly take Kolker for Judge's campaign slogan and social media posts. She also claimed she did not use the Kolker for Judge slogan of "Raising the Bar."

Ruocco responds to Kolker's slogan stealing accusations

By The Madison County Record | Jan 17, 2018

Alleging one candidate is “copying” another’s use of these predictably overlapping themes is ludicrous.

#MeToo movement long overdue

By The Madison County Record | Jan 12, 2018

In his January 5 Argument in this paper, John Hopkins calls the #Me Too movement an organized witch hunt.

ITLA responds to 'Judicial Hellhole' report

By The Madison County Record | Dec 5, 2017

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has again recycled its annual “report” to stoke prejudice and fear of our state’s legal system. ATRA, a well-funded front group for the nation’s wealthiest corporations, works to undermine the independence of courts to help corporate interests avoid responsibility for their dangerous behavior and reckless actions.

Stop increasing our property taxes

By The Madison County Record | Dec 1, 2017

To all taxing bodies: It's time to stop this addiction to OPM (Other People's Money). Stop increasing our property taxes and start living within our means.

Opioid litigation should not be opportunity for lawyers' big payday

By The Madison County Record | Nov 17, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Nov 13, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Oct 3, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Oct 2, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

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.

The Record Network