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Naming hundreds of defendants is only legal, moral way to determine asbestos liability

By The Madison County Record | Jun 30, 2016

The recent story on asbestos filings in Illinois and nationally had little information to offer except asbestos industry complaints about the numbers of defendants and the numbers of suits filed.

Mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore

By The Madison County Record | Jun 9, 2016

It would have been almost impossible for the ordinary taxpayer of the city and Unit 10 to accurately state objections at the required public hearing at City Hall on June 13. Our more than 14,000 residents could have packed the house, approached the podium and only say, "I am mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore."

Madison County should reduce property tax levy

By The Madison County Record | May 31, 2016

Approximately 127 individuals circulated petitions as numerous county office holders urged you not to sign it. Local government leaders stated public safety would suffer. However, they offered no facts to support their case. Why? It seems no facts support their position.

The most unbalanced budget in state history

By The Madison County Record | May 27, 2016

There is only one way to change the way Illinois state legislature operates: change out Illinois state legislators.

Wages, salaries and the dignity that engenders

By The Madison County Record | May 4, 2016

On July 20, 2015, I stated, based on my observations of public reaction, Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for President.

Manufacturers oppose graduated income tax hike

By The Madison County Record | May 4, 2016

This is a $2 billion tax hike on successful job creators including many small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that pay taxes under the individual rate. This is exactly the wrong message to send to job creators when we need to grow our economy and create jobs for hard working men and women in Illinois.

Progressive income tax is another assault on middle class

By The Madison County Record | May 4, 2016

HR 689 is another feeble attempt to make up for lost state revenues. The bill would gouge middle class disproportionately to pay for irresponsible state spending.

Illinois: From Garden of Eden to living hell hole

By The Madison County Record | May 3, 2016

Selfish overspending is why all Illinois pension funds will soon be broke. When a state runs out of other peoples' money, you have Illinois.

Ron Williams for Madison County State's Attorney

By The Madison County Record | Apr 18, 2016

His commitment to the people of Madison County is that he will reduce violent crime by 15 percent in his first year if elected as State’s Attorney and will reduce the average jail population by 20 percent, saving money for taxpayers and making the County a safer place to live.

No exit strategy from Illinois budget standoff

By The Madison County Record | Apr 14, 2016

Taxpayers must be vigilant in holding members of the Illinois General Assembly accountable, especially at this unprecedented time without a state budget and as we approach the new fiscal year. Now is the time that legislators could propose the most dangerous solutions to the state’s financial crises, including hiking the state income tax or imposing a new, devastating income tax on retirement benefits.

ITLA: Corporate frontgroup presses to deprive the disabled, disfigured and deceased of the chance for justice

By The Madison County Record | Apr 6, 2016

Illinois has its share of problems, as all states do, but so-called “lawsuit abuse” is not one of them.

Illinoisans deserve opt-out of ComEd's dangerous smart meters

By The Madison County Record | Apr 1, 2016

Illinois is in the midst of an avoidable, man-made health crisis. What happens when the state faces Flint’s horrible position concerning water, but with electricity? ComEd’s smart meter deployment is creating just such a tragic situation. It is up to the residents to take action, push legislators and the Illinois Commerce Commission for a permanent opt-out, and protect the children in Illinois as well as all living beings in the state.

America will go bankrupt if it relies on government for innovation

By The Madison County Record | Mar 28, 2016

The predicament of maintaining a comfortable secure life by turning over most of your income to the state (as described by Bernie Sanders and by those who practice this policy in Western Europe) is that it does not allow people who think outside the box to have available to them the necessary capital to develop new ways of accomplishing tasks or to develop new technologies.

Western European socialism vs American capitalism

By The Madison County Record | Mar 21, 2016

The predicament of maintaining a comfortable secure life by turning over most of your income to the state (as described by Bernie Sanders and by those who practice this policy in Western Europe) is that it does not allow people who think outside the box to have available to them the necessary capital to develop new ways of accomplishing tasks or to develop new technologies.

Statement of victory

By The Madison County Record | Mar 21, 2016

Republican candidate for Madison County Board Philip Chapman thanks the District Three voters who selected him as their candidate for County Board from a field of talented primary candidates.

Republican elites fear losing control

By The Madison County Record | Mar 4, 2016

The Republican elites are again speaking with a forked tongue.

Throw the penalty flag on St. Clair County judges

By The Madison County Record | Feb 22, 2016

The actions of these judges simply underscores why St. Clair County and neighboring Madison County continue to be ranked among the worst court jurisdictions in the country.

ITLA: Rauner’s budget again takes aim at injured workers

By The Madison County Record | Feb 17, 2016

Across Illinois, seniors, individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens are going without vital services because Gov. Rauner is holding the budget hostage until he succeeds in upending our workers’ compensation and legal systems. However, his proposals would do nothing to improve the state’s financial standing or fund the state services necessary to support individuals in need of critical assistance.

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