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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?”

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

By The Madison County Record | Jan 30, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Jan 24, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Jan 17, 2018

“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

By The Madison County Record | Jan 10, 2018

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

By The Madison County Record | Dec 20, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Dec 13, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Dec 4, 2017

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

Asbestos attorneys drive another company into bankruptcy

By The Madison County Record | Nov 18, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Nov 13, 2017

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.

Proper controls needed for contingency fee-based litigation

By The Madison County Record | Nov 7, 2017

As we confront the toll that opioid addiction has had on the public health and safety of our community, what should we expect from our elected officials in their handling of this high stakes problem?

Lisa Madigan joins the War on Profit

By The Madison County Record | Oct 24, 2017

What is it with some politicians and for-profit colleges? They just can't stand them.

Wrong forum, take a hike!

By The Madison County Record | Oct 18, 2017

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Everyone knows, and quotes, that popular modification of the original Sin City slogan from the early 2000s (“What happens here, stays here”).

If the inmates are running the asylum, you might live in St. Clair County

By The Madison County Record | Oct 11, 2017

There's never a dull moment in St. Clair County, what with judges and other public servants always finding new ways to entertain us with their disturbing antics.

Former State's Attorney Brian Towne does the perp walk

By The Madison County Record | Oct 3, 2017

When law officers break the law, even if it's allegedly in the pursuit of justice, they stop being law officers and become criminals – no better than the purported lawbreakers they're trying to apprehend, and arguably much worse.

Angelides and Schmidt, myths and facts

By The Madison County Record | Sep 27, 2017

You like po-tay-toes and I like po-tah-toes You like to-may-toes and I like to-mah-toes

Daddy's little girl won't be there to look out for his interests

By The Madison County Record | Sep 20, 2017

We took note, two years ago, when State Attorney General Lisa Madigan crossed one of those proverbial lines in the sand: She went to court to try to prevent state workers from receiving their paychecks during an expected government shutdown.

Here's a climate problem that is man-made (and correctable)

By The Madison County Record | Sep 12, 2017

If you hoped that Illinois might lose its dubious distinction as a state with one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, you hoped wrong.

Avocet challenges Gori Julian's fact-free case

By The Madison County Record | Sep 5, 2017

“Round up the usual suspects.” That's the order Captain Renault gives to subordinates at the end of Casablanca, even though Rick, the man who shot Major Strasser, is standing right there in front of him.

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