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State Says Tax Refunds May Be Delayed

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Illinois residents shouldn't expect speedy state income tax refunds this year. 

The state Revenue Department says they'll be delayed by new security measures meant to deter identity theft and fraud.

Officials say it could take a week or longer, instead of days, to get returns once taxes are filed. Both paper and electronic filings will be affected, though e-filings still will be quicker.

Officials aren't identifying the safety measures to prevent someone from bypassing them.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says there were 408 fraud complaints last year involving tax returns. Officials say more cases of ID theft are appearing as more people file online.

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