Madison County http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Madison County Launches Task Force To Combat Heroin Epidemic http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/madison-county-launches-task-force-combat-heroin-epidemic <p>The top two law enforcement officials in Madison County, Ill., say they want to hear from anyone and everyone who might have ideas about slowing the heroin epidemic in the county.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:55:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33878 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Madison County Launches Task Force To Combat Heroin Epidemic It's Called A "Hellhole." But Madison County Defense Attorneys Say Better The Devil You Know http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/its-called-hellhole-madison-county-defense-attorneys-say-better-devil-you-know <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) releases <a href="http://www.judicialhellholes.org/2013-2014/" target="_blank">its annual list</a> of so-called “judicial hellholes," a term it uses to refer to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> civil courts that ATRA&nbsp;believes are consistently unfair to corporate defendants.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33019 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org It's Called A "Hellhole." But Madison County Defense Attorneys Say Better The Devil You Know New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On 'Judicial Hellhole' List http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-distinction-st-louis-it-joins-madison-county-judicial-hellhole-list <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group that lobbies to make courts friendlier to business says it’s seeing a troubling increase in the number of large product liability cases filed in the city of St. Louis.</span></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:16:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32339 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On 'Judicial Hellhole' List While Waiting On State Action, Madison County Sets Its Own Guidelines For Concealed Carry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/while-waiting-state-action-madison-county-sets-its-own-guidelines-concealed-carry <p><em>Updated at 11:50 a.m., Friday, June 7 &amp; 3:14 p.m.&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Illinois State Police on Friday issued a response to Gibbons' letter. The state police, along with the Illinois&nbsp;Association of&nbsp;Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriff's Association, say they will continue to enforce state law which prohibits the carrying of "an immediately accessible firearm on your person or in your vehicle regardless of whether it is concealed." Violating the law can result in an arrest.</p><p><em>Our original story:</em></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:19:41 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Bill Raack 27137 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org While Waiting On State Action, Madison County Sets Its Own Guidelines For Concealed Carry Terrorism Threat Conviction Of SIUE Student Thrown Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/terrorism-threat-conviction-siue-student-thrown-out <p><em>Updated at 11:40 a.m. with a statement from prosecuting attorney Thomas Gibbons.</em></p><p>An Illinois appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville&nbsp;student charged with planning to threaten a mass shooting at the campus.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:42:46 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 9972 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Terrorism Threat Conviction Of SIUE Student Thrown Out EPA Receives Funding For Lead Clean-Up In Madison County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epa-receives-funding-lead-clean-madison-county <p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> announced today clean-up methods it will take on a former mining site in Madison County.</p><p>The Madison County Mines Superfund site is part of the Old Lead Belt, where the mining of heavy metals began in the 1700s. The nearly 500-square-mile area is contaminated by <a href="http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/learn-about-lead.html#effects">lead</a>, a highly-toxic metal that can wreak havoc on organs and tissues in the human body.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Tina Eaton 4727 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org EPA Receives Funding For Lead Clean-Up In Madison County Southwestern Illinois village St. Jacob shuts down over budget dispute http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/southwestern-illinois-village-st-jacob-shuts-down-over-budget-dispute <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=St.+Jacob,+IL&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=St.+Jaco&amp;sll=38.652271,-89.259796&amp;sspn=0.921244,2.113495&amp;t=h&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=St+Jacob,+Madison,+Illinois&amp;ll=38.742034,-89.755898&amp;spn=0.093724,0.145912&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=A&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br><small><a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=St.+Jacob,+IL&amp;aq=0&amp;oq=St.+Jaco&amp;sll=38.652271,-89.259796&amp;sspn=0.921244,2.113495&amp;t=h&amp;gl=us&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=St+Jacob,+Madison,+Illinois&amp;ll=38.742034,-89.755898&amp;spn=0.093724,0.145912&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=A" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><div>A tiny southwestern Illinois village's budget troubles have effectively shut the town down.</div><div> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:37:44 +0000 The Associated Press 4535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 5, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-june-5-2012 <p><strong>Metro sees double-digit increase in bus passengers</strong></p><p>St. Louis&rsquo; mass transit agency saw the biggest growth in bus ridership in the country during the first three months of the year.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:38:02 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Tim Lloyd & WBEZ 3847 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Longtime southwestern Illinois circuit clerk Melucci dies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/longtime-southwestern-illinois-circuit-clerk-melucci-dies <p>A longtime circuit clerk in&nbsp;southwestern Illinois has died.</p><p>Madison County officials say Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci was 69 when he died Thursday night of cancer at his&nbsp;Collinsville home.</p><p>Melucci served in the post for nearly 20 years and was planning&nbsp;to retire in November, having announced last September that he&nbsp;would not seek re-election this year.</p><p>Democratic Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida faces Republican&nbsp;John Barberis Jr. in the November election for circuit clerk&#39;s&nbsp;position.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 16:27:07 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 3679 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Longtime southwestern Illinois circuit clerk Melucci dies Ranking: Madison, St. Clair Ill. counties among "most unfair" court jurisdictions in nation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ranking-madison-st-clair-ill-counties-among-most-unfair-court-jurisdictions-nation <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.</em></p><p>An annual ranking again cites Illinois as a state rife with &quot;judicial hell holes.&quot; But a group representing trial lawyers says the listing is bunk.</p><p>The American Tort Reform Association <a href="http://www.judicialhellholes.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Judicial-Hellholes-2011.pdf">ranks Madison, St. Clair and McLean Counties among the most unfair court jurisdictions in the nation</a>. And Cook County&#39;s on the watch list.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:51:01 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 2700 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ranking: Madison, St. Clair Ill. counties among "most unfair" court jurisdictions in nation