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Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), Marion Mayor Robert Butler, Herrin Mayor Vic Ritter, Regional Superintendent of Schools Matt Donkin and several other community leaders joined together yesterday to host a public forum in Marion to discuss the adverse impact of lawsuit abuse on job creation, municipal services and schools.
The forum was the first stop in Illinois of the national “Create Jobs, Not Lawsuits” public awareness tour that is taking place in states all across the country throughout 2012.  Southern Illinois was chosen for the first stop in Illinois due to the region’s long history as a hotbed for frivolous litigation.  
Forum participants shared stories of how lawsuit abuse impacts their operations and discussed proposals to create jobs and restore city services by implementing common sense lawsuit reforms.
For far too long, Illinois has been creating lawsuits, not jobs.  Our state’s economy is struggling, and lawsuit abuse is making it harder to get back on track. Mayors and small business owners will tell you that it is extremely difficult to create new jobs in a state that was ranked 45th in the country for legal fairness, as Illinois was.  All of these community leaders joined together yesterday because we cannot wait any longer to develop ways to restore fairness to our courts and consequently create new jobs.
Mark Williams, Vice President of Marketing at Rent One, spoke about how money businesses spend on fighting lawsuits is money businesses could spend expanding and creating more jobs.  The two mayors participating in the forum explained the money cities spend fighting frivolous lawsuits is taxpayer money that’s sucked out of city budgets, which forces mayors to cut jobs, reduce services or raise taxes.
In recent years, other Midwestern states have moved to makes their states more conducive to job creation by passing their own lawsuit reform packages, yet efforts to pass badly-needed lawsuit reforms that would restore fairness to Illinois courts have been stymied in Springfield the past several years.
It is time for Illinoisans to stand together and put pressure on our state legislators to finally do something about the rampant lawsuit abuse in Illinois that is stifling job growth. While other states around us have made lawsuit reform a priority, it is a problem that continues to be ignored in Illinois. The time is now to enact reforms that will create jobs, not lawsuits.
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Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), Marion Mayor Robert Butler, Herrin Mayor Vic Ritter, Regional Superintendent of Schools Matt Donkin and several other community leaders joined together yesterday to host a public forum in Marion to discuss the adverse impact of lawsuit abuse on job creation, municipal services and schools.
The forum was the first stop in Illinois of the national “Create Jobs, Not Lawsuits” public awareness tour that is taking place in states all across the country throughout 2012.  Southern Illinois was chosen for the first stop in Illinois due to the region’s long history as a hotbed for frivolous litigation.  
Forum participants shared stories of how lawsuit abuse impacts their operations and discussed proposals to create jobs and restore city services by implementing common sense lawsuit reforms.
For far too long, Illinois has been creating lawsuits, not jobs.  Our state’s economy is struggling, and lawsuit abuse is making it harder to get back on track. Mayors and small business owners will tell you that it is extremely difficult to create new jobs in a state that was ranked 45th in the country for legal fairness, as Illinois was.  All of these community leaders joined together yesterday because we cannot wait any longer to develop ways to restore fairness to our courts and consequently create new jobs.
Mark Williams, Vice President of Marketing at Rent One, spoke about how money businesses spend on fighting lawsuits is money businesses could spend expanding and creating more jobs.  The two mayors participating in the forum explained the money cities spend fighting frivolous lawsuits is taxpayer money that’s sucked out of city budgets, which forces mayors to cut jobs, reduce services or raise taxes.
In recent years, other Midwestern states have moved to makes their states more conducive to job creation by passing their own lawsuit reform packages, yet efforts to pass badly-needed lawsuit reforms that would restore fairness to Illinois courts have been stymied in Springfield the past several years.
It is time for Illinoisans to stand together and put pressure on our state legislators to finally do something about the rampant lawsuit abuse in Illinois that is stifling job growth. While other states around us have made lawsuit reform a priority, it is a problem that continues to be ignored in Illinois. The time is now to enact reforms that will create jobs, not lawsuits.
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