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I-LAW calling on Illinois lawmakers to follow 'Show Me' state in lawsuit reform

Madison County Record, July 10, 2017

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch will hold a press conference at the Malcom Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis at 10 a.m. on Thursday to call on Illinois legislators to follow the lead of their counterparts in Missouri in enacting meaningful lawsuit reforms.

"Missouri – the Show Me State – has responded to a growing lawsuit abuse epidemic there by moving swiftly this year to enact meaningful lawsuit reforms that will stop personal injury lawyers from filing junk lawsuits against employers," said I-LAW executive director Travis Akin in a press release.

"Thanks to the actions of the state legislature and Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, the Show Me State is showing the way."

Calling Illinois the "sue me state," Akin said leaders in Illinois "continue to allow powerful personal injury lawyers to game the system here to their personal advantage while their backers in the Illinois General Assembly continue to block common sense lawsuit reforms that will help keep businesses from fleeing our state."

Business leaders, county board members from both Madison and St. Clair counties will join I-LAW and its supporters at the event.

Akin said the East St. Louis park setting was chosen for its good view of the St. Louis skyline to help illustrate contrasts between the two states.