Tort reform is an issue that generates strong emotions. Those who support it - primarily hospitals, physicians groups and insurance companies - claim that by limiting compensation for medical malpractice and personal injury claims we can lower the cost of medical care and health insurance, while also reducing the number of “frivolous” lawsuits, saving the court time and money.

Those assertions are patently FALSE.

SJ-R: A semi-load of coal from Elkhart is dumped in the coal intake area at City Water, Light and Power in 2013.

A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges city and City Water, Light and Power officials hid from aldermen and the public the details of a consultant’s report that suggested the city was overpaying for coal to operate its power plants.

The complaint, filed by Springfield residents, Michael and Jennifer Frakes, says the move resulted in aldermen last year ignoring a lower bid that would have saved the city over $5 million per year.

The Law Offices of Frederick W. Nessler & Associates, Ltd., along with David A. Axelrod & Associates, Ltd., filed a lawsuit to enjoin expenditure of public funds under an illegal contract and for common law breach of fiduciary duty against Springfield Mayor James Langfelder, James Zerkle, Doug Brown, John Davis, and Arch Coal, Inc.

Julian Bailes, M.D., a local researcher and physician at Evanston’s NorthShore University HealthSystem, believes he has, alongside a team of researchers including Bennet Omalu, M.D. (portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 biopic, Concussion), identified signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in medical imaging scans of living patients.  The recent findings center around a study of former NFL players that was conducted by the research team in 2013. 

The auto club AAA estimates 44.2 million people will travel by road, flight, train and boat for this July Fourth holiday. Across the country American flags will line streets followed by a parade of bands, antique cars, and themed floats. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the day and actives that will entertain kids when traveling. After the late night barbecue, grand firework displays mark another year of independence.

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