Edwardsville, Ill. – The number of class-action lawsuits filed in Madison County, Ill. continues to rise. In 2003, there were 106 class-actions filed in the Metro-East circuit. That's more than the 77 that were filed in 2002, and the 43 filed the year before.
Class-actions are filed on behalf of a large group of people and typically involve allegations of misconduct against a product, company or service.
Lawyers say the county attracts such a large number of class actions because it has developed a pro-plaintiff reputation.
Benton, Ill. – A new report from the Illinois Poverty Summit concludes that southern Illinois remains the poorest region of the state.
The 2004 Report on Illinois Poverty ranks southern Illinois last in 14 of 17 categories.
The study found that southern Illinois' unemployment rates are higher than state averages. It also found that nearly half of the 25 Illinois counties with a shortage of primary care health professionals are in southern Illinois.