Madison County Record

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The Madison County Record is, according to the Washington Post, "an Illinois weekly newspaper launched in September [2004] that bills itself as the county's legal journal, reports on one subject: the state courts in southern Illinois."[1] (Disambiguation: This is not to be confused with the Arkansas newspaper also called the Madison County Record.)

The Washington Post 's Birnbuam pointed to a "recent front page [that] carried an assortment of stories about lawsuits against businesses. In one, a woman sought $15,000 in damages for breaking her nose at a haunted house. In another, a woman sued a restaurant for $50,000 after she hurt her teeth on a chicken breast. ... Nowhere was it reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Record as a weapon in its multimillion-dollar campaign against lawyers who file those kinds of suits," Birnbaum wrote.[1]

For more, see the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Tort Reform Association's (ATRA) annual list of "Judicial Hellholes," which includes Madison County, Illinois.


As of January, 2012:[2]

Madison County Record
301 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: 618-216-6409
"Breaking News" Line: 618-216-8688 Fax: 314-480-7029

  • Brian Timpone, Publisher | brian at madisonrecord dot com
  • Ann Maher, Editor | eaknef at gmail dot com



  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, "Advocacy Groups Blur Media Lines. Some Push Agendas By Producing Movies, Owning Newspapers," Washington Post, December 6, 2004.
  2. Madison County Record, Contact The Record, media website, accessed January 18, 2012
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