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Who's in charge here? Is there an adult on the premises?

By The Madison County Record | May 16, 2018

“We’ve really turned the corner,” boasts Alton Mayor Brant Walker, citing examples of increased economic activity in his community.

Looking forward to the well running dry

By The Madison County Record | May 9, 2018

It's interesting how two people or groups of people can have completely different reactions to the same situation. Consider the diametrically opposed perspectives on the legal climate in Madison County. The hellhole status we've deplored for years is considered positively paradisaical by profiteers.

A curb that only one person trips on, once, may not be a 'hazard'

By The Madison County Record | May 1, 2018

When people trip and fall and hurt themselves, they deserve our sympathy. If we're somehow responsible for their accident, they may deserve compensation from us as well.

Judges Gleeson and Lopinot get dressed down for being slackers

By The Madison County Record | Apr 27, 2018

Wouldn't it be great if students could hand in test papers or book reports and their teachers would mark a big A+ on each one without bothering to read them?

Special prosecutors for everyone!

By The Madison County Record | Apr 18, 2018

For the new craze of impugning the integrity of senior law enforcement officials and requesting the appointment of special prosecutors, we can thank, among others, fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Can we just have an honest election?

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2018

We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to choose our own representatives. But if the slate we get to choose from is subject to vetting by political operatives, maybe we're not so fortunate.

We're not sorry to see 'Sorry Works!' go

By The Madison County Record | Apr 4, 2018

Last Friday, in a move designed to chip away at our bloated state budget by streamlining government operations and eliminating unnecessary expenditures, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order abolishing 19 government bodies that have been inactive for five years or more.

If it claims to be natural, sue it-that’s the natural way in St. Clair County

By The Madison County Record | Mar 27, 2018

What could be more natural – at least, in St. Clair County – than a flurry of class action lawsuits claiming that some “all natural” products are not as “natural” as advertised, that consumers of said products have been cheated, and that they and their attorneys deserve to be compensated for the alleged fraud?

Requirements for political candidates should be sensible, and fairly enforced

By The Madison County Record | Mar 20, 2018

Some fancy restaurants have dress codes, insisting that male patrons wear coats and ties on the premises and sometimes have extras on hand to loan out for those who show up in shirt sleeves.

When Irish eyes are crying

By The Madison County Record | Mar 13, 2018

We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. So we pretend as we turn out for parades sporting leprechaun hats and green garments adorned with shamrocks, washing down corned beef and cabbage with green beer at a church hall afterward as though this once-a-year repast were a regular part of our diet.

You can trust Tom Gibbons, so he says

By The Madison County Record | Mar 6, 2018

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons wants the process of choosing law firms to represent the county in an opioid lawsuit to be transparent and cooperative, and he's determined to make sure that any funds secured through litigation will be used exclusively for remediation of the consequences of the epidemic.

Closing 'the sneaky judge loophole'

By The Madison County Record | Feb 27, 2018

You have to spell things out for some people. It doesn't matter whether they really are dumb or just pretending not to understand what would be perfectly clear to any person of average intelligence. You have to play along with them, coddle them, and keep “clarifying” the plain sense of things until there's not a single bit of wiggle room left.

Gori and O'Brien want to veto opposing counsel

By The Madison County Record | Feb 21, 2018

What if you could object to your opponent's counsel on any pretext? It would be simple enough to show, for instance, that said counsel was biased in his own client's favor.

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

People have argued for years about the right answer to that poser. Here's another: Which comes first, the trial or the decision?

The fish rots from the head down

By The Madison County Record | Feb 6, 2018

In light of the infamous memo released last week in Washington, detailing the questionable tactics embraced by the FBI and the DOJ to convince a FISA court to authorize surveillance on the Trump team, is it any wonder that state and local law enforcement officials might conclude that they can use extralegal means whenever “necessary?”

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