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Special prosecutors for everyone!

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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?

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

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?”

Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy belong to an exclusive 'club'

If the resolution of the opioid problem rightfully belongs to the legislative and executive branches and the defendants might be ready to settle, why get the courts involved in setting up an MDL? Who benefits from that?

The fall of Judge Byron

Despite all his years on the bench, former Madison County circuit judge Nicholas Byron seems not to have mastered the stool.

Someone needs to monitor our State Board of Elections

“With 19,520 registered voters as of January 13, 2012, and only 19,000 persons over the age of 18 [in East St. Louis], according to the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 report, it seems that we have now a major case of over-registration,” Matt Hawkins of the East St. Louis Alliance for Change lamented six years ago.

Biased or not, Kolker's decision not likely to stand

He insists that his decision was not politically motivated and that he had the law on his side. Nevertheless, Associate Judge Chris Kolker's decision – overturning Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order nullifying the so-called “fair share” fees that non-union state workers must pay to the unions ostensibly representing them – is likely to have little long-term effect.

Felonious mayors, a tradition in Alorton

If it's true that American voters get the government they deserve, then the roughly two thousand residents of Alorton in St. Clair County must be truly deplorable. Or, they're extremely tolerant and forgiving.

Paul Evans would be big improvement over Vincent Lopinot

Four years ago, in the course of a single year, Katherine O’Malley, daughter of former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, was charged with felony drug possession, shoplifting, and 14 traffic violations, but fined only $1,000 after pleading guilty to shoplifting, improper lane usage, and a seatbelt violation.

Stephen Tillery accused of infringing on IRS turf

Who wants to get involved with the Internal Revenue Service if they don't have to?

Asbestos attorneys drive another company into bankruptcy

As companies making more prevalent, more toxic asbestos products went under, however, attention turned to – and an undue burden fell on – GP/Bestwall, which was named in roughly 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases over the last five years.

Silverstein and Manar want transparency for us, not themselves

Following the uproar over Russian meddling in our presidential election process – specifically, the use of Facebook ads to sway public opinion or just wreak havoc – social media companies are establishing disclosure requirements for purchasers of political advertising.