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There are signs of activity in a decades-long effort to clean up an Illinois Superfund site. But it’s still unclear when full remediation will occur.  

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Illinois has joined over a dozen states in asking the federal government for details on a decision to stop considering requests from immigrants seeking to remain in the country for medical treatment and other hardships.

 

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul says the lack of information has left sick patients and their families "afraid, traumatized, and uncertain of their future health and well-being."

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released a guide on immigration status and employee rights.

The document is titled Guidance for Illinois Residents: Impact of Immigration Status on Employees’ Rights in the Workplace. Madigan says it was created to clear up confusion resulting from recent changes in policy and law.

According to the guide, federal law requires employers to verify an employee's authorization to work in the U.S.

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The Illinois Attorney General's Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical provider available to examine a sexual assault victim.

Of the more than 196,000 registered nurses in Illinois, only 32 are certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to work with adult sexual assault patients, the Chicago Tribune reported. A dozen of the sexual assault nurse examiners are certified to treat children.

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How would contenders for the state's top legal office have handled the budget stalemate?

One of the limitations of modern political debates is that candidates are usually only asked what they'll do. But in this era of political dysfunction and governmental obstruction, it can be just as important to know what a candidate might choose not to do.

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"Access to the ballot is a substantial right," argued Scott Drury's attorney, Casey Westover. It was the argument that won out in the hearing over whether Drury should be allowed on the ballot as a Democratic candidate for attorney general due to a technicality with his statement of economic interest. 

One of the defense attorneys for Rod Blagojevich during the former governor’s corruption trial is running for Illinois attorney general.

After Blagojevich’s trial, Aaron Goldstein was elected Democratic committeeman for Chicago’s 33rd ward on the northwest side.

His campaign fund reported having a little more than $2-thousand dollars at the end of June.

Goldstein did not return a call for comment, but a spokeswoman says he will be circulating petitions to get on the ballot and he plans a formal announcement next week.

The Illinois Attorney General's office has received many calls about the Equifax data breach and has some advice for consumers. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says with all the recent data breaches in recent years, it's only a matter of time before one's identity is stolen. For victims of the Equifax breach, she suggested first putting a freeze on their credit report. 

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A lawyer who is a former Miss America says she's running for Illinois attorney general.

Erika Harold of Urbana announced plans Tuesday for a Republican bid to challenge four-term Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2018.

Harold, 37, works as an attorney with the Meyer Capel law firm. She says in a statement that career politicians have "made it a nightmare for too many families in our state" and that Illinois needs a government that "works for them, not the powerful."

Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued in court Tuesday that paying state employees removes “any imperative” for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to “fulfill their basic constitutional obligations ... and resolve their budget impasse.”

Madigan is trying to halt state employee paychecks. She said only the General Assembly can approve state spending, which means Illinois does not have the legal authority to make payroll.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing legislation aimed at protecting Illinois students who take out college loans.

The plan would establish a “student loan bill of rights” outlining information that companies have to provide to borrowers, including all repayment options. It also would require student-loan servicers to get a state license and create a student-loan ombudsman in the attorney general's office.

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The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.

Justices on Monday denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Madigan argues the Illinois Constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending.

The Democrat says stopping state-employee paychecks would hasten a budget agreement.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says student borrowers dealing with mounting loan debt are making up a greater number of consumer complaints to her office.

Madigan released her annual top-ten list of such complaints on Monday. She says consumer debt and identity theft were the top two issues drawing complaints for the ninth straight year.

The attorney general's office reports receiving nearly 24,000 complaints during 2016. Nearly 1,700 education-related complaints were the sixth-most common last year, up one spot from 2015.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls ``troubling'' executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.

  

Groups attending Thursday's summit include Arab American Family Services, the Chicago Urban League and Lambda Legal. Group leaders say they fear escalating hate crimes.

The attempt by Illinois House Democrats to make sure state workers can be paid without a budget was suspended Thursday in the face of opposition from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

A court order has kept paychecks flowing since July 2015, but Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a judge to review that decision.

Rauner says he wants workers to be paid, but he came out hard against the Democratic plan, which would assure their paychecks only through June 30.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a judge to tell state employees: No budget, no paycheck.

Polling says most Illinois residents don't think they’re affected by the lack of a state budget. And a judge had ruled originally that state employees had to be paid for the work that they do.  That could all change if a St. Clair County judge accepts Lisa Madigan's legal arguments.  

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is suing the nation's largest student loan company, alleging unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County seeks restitution and penalties. It names Navient Corporation and subsidiaries, including Sallie Mae Bank.

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a separate lawsuit Wednesday, alleging Navient made it harder to repay loans by giving bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to address complaints.

Illinois Attorney General Says Tax Scams Are On The Rise

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Various tax scams happen year-round through phone and other platforms.

The IRS says typical con artists call using fake names and invalid identification numbers.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says scammers often alter caller IDs to make it look like the IRS is calling.

“And, for many people, they can’t tell that it’s not legitimate because the number and the name that come up on their caller ID appears to be from the IRS or the treasury department," she says. "Often, it’s with the 202 area code, which is the Washington, D.C. area code.”

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing Volkswagen over the environmental effects of its emissions scandal.

She accuses the German automaker of tampering with emission controls in more than 19,000 Audis and Porsches in violation of state environmental laws.

 Madigan was among 43 state attorneys general who  reached a $275 million settlement with Volkswagen earlier this year.  The company was accused of selling and leasing diesel vehicles with illegal software that concealed their true pollution levels. 

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The Illinois Attorney General’s office recently released a guide outlining the rights of Illinois veterans and current members of the military.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it details a variety of provisions designed to assist them.  

"There's some different issues about their credit and what happens when someone's a victim of identity theft," she says.  "There are a lot of rights and benefits that service members and veterans have.  It's hard to figure them out.  That's why we tried to put them in one place."  

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her office's list of the top ten consumer complaints of 2015 on Monday.  Madigan's office says that, for the first time, the annual list includes "education-related complaints" made by student borrowers dealing with problems related to student loans, loan servicers and for-profit schools. Such complaints ranked seventh on the list.  

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Fantasy sports sites are in favor of an Illinois House plan to regulate contested online sports betting.

Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel are expected to announce their support of a proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski at the Capitol today.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion in December saying the sites were illegal. The companies argued the opinion could destroy a “legitimate industry'' allowed by state law.

New York and Texas have also issued opinions challenging the legality of the industry.

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The Illinois attorney general is suing a Chicago-area professional fundraiser and for-profit telemarketer, alleging it misled the public in its work for Rockford-based veterans’ charity VietNow National Headquarters.

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Unions and others fighting to prevent Illinois' pension law from taking effect are asking the state Supreme Court to ease up on its accelerated timeline. 

A Sangamon County judge ruled the measure unconstitutional. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed paperwork earlier this month that says the state can use "police powers" to cut pensions.

Ten other groups filed briefs backing Madigan’s position. 

John Fitzgerald is an attorney who represents retired public school teachers. He says lawyers need more time to respond to all of those additional arguments.

Madigan Works To Accelerate Pension Law Review

Dec 10, 2014
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to speed up a state Supreme Court review of a pension law.  But public employees are hoping to slow down that process.   

Last month,  a Sangamon County judge overturned the law that would reduce pension benefits.  The plan is estimated to save one billion dollars the first year. 

The judge found the law violates the state constitution's protection for public pensions.

Money is behind the arguments on both sides.  The state won't be able to pocket savings if the case remains tied up in the judiciary. 

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The Republican challenging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not doing enough to fight corruption.

Paul Schimpf is running on this campaign slogan: "Trust a Retired Marine, Not the Madigan Machine!" A reference not only to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, but also to her father -- House Speaker and head of the state Democratic Party, Michael Madigan.

Schimpf says both are part of a political class that has proven it can't police itself.

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$300,000,000. That's Illinois' share of the nearly $17-billion national settlement with Bank of America.

Scammers Glom Onto ACA

Oct 24, 2013

Illinois officials say full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is attracting potential scams.

Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor

Jul 15, 2013
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Lisa Madigan will NOT run for Illinois governor next year. The state’s Attorney General announced today she has been considering a run for governor for months, but decided to stick with her current job.

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Legal Helpers Debt Resolution LLC will provide $2.1 million in restitution for Illinois residents who paid for debt settlement services but failed to receive meaningful debt reduction under a settlement with Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The Chicago-based law firm, which operates nationwide, allegedly charged consumers upfront fees to provide debt settlement services with promises to make them debt free.

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