3-year-old girl dies in Springfield apartment blaze – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL

A 3-year old child died from smoke inhalation early today in a small fire at an apartment building in Springfield, while the mother and two other children

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Tragic event.

In situation such as this you must prove that something about the apartment layout prevented the child from escaping. Or that required safety features were not provided. Or that a defective product caused the fire.

 

Judge says Hastert abuse victim can proceed with lawsuit – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL

YORKVILLE — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a sexual abuse victim against former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert can go forward.Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer says the plaintiff established what was needed to allege “a claim for contract.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the judge filed his ruling Monday.Attorneys for Hastert had asked Pilmer to dismiss the lawsuit, which was brought in April by a man who contends Hastert owes him $1.8 million of the $3.5 million promised to

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The court has allowed the case to proceed against Hastert. This does not mean the man has won the case. He must prove that a contract was in place with Hastert to pay millions to keep his sexual abuse quiet. If the case goes forward the sordid details will come to light.

After Hastert, Illinois pushes for change to child abuse law | Belleville News-Democrat

The attorney general for Illinois is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

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Good idea. Do not let the child abusers get away with it while the victims suffer for the rest of their lives.

8-year-old girl dies after being pulled from Colony West swimming pool – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL

An 8-year-old Springfield girl died Tuesday morning, four days after she was pulled from the swimming pool at the Colony West Swim Club.Jolinda Thompson

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Terrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers with family and friends.

The general rule for swimming accidents or drownings is that the injured person must show design failure of the pool, some type of hazard created or that the pool staff was negligent in some manner regarding following appropriate safety regulations.

2 children killed in chain-reaction crash near Atlanta | Local News | pantagraph.com

ATLANTA — Officials still are trying to determine what led to a multiple-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 55 in Logan County that killed two children and left a third

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Horrific accident. Shows the great dangers of construction zones and the need to be hyper-vigilant on the road. Illinois law allows for wrongful death lawsuits by parents of children who are killed in motor vehicle collisions.