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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has opened an investigation into the management by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration of a Legionnaire's disease crisis at a state-run veterans' home.

Eileen Boyce is spokeswoman for the Democratic attorney general. She said Wednesday that authorities will review whether laws were broken and whether residents, their families, staff members and the public "were informed in a timely and appropriate manner."

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating fast food restaurants over hiring practices.

At issue are so-called no-poaching agreements. That’s where restaurant franchisees are prohibited from hiring people away from other franchise owners.

So, for example, someone who works at Bob’s Burger King cannot go down the street and get a job at Jim’s Burger King.

In a telephone interview, Madigan said this is particularly hard on low-income workers.

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Seventeen states sued President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Late Tuesday, a federal judge in California issued a ruling on a separate but similar lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego ordered border authorities to reunite children with their families within 30 days of the Tuesday ruling, or 14 days if the child is younger than 5. Sabraw also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced a lawsuit against the private bus company Suburban Express for alleged human rights violations.

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Illinois is joining several states scrambling to keep net neutrality protections before the federal repeal date of April 23.  Some Illinois legislators say they still have time to act with a plan before that deadline.

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Last year’s data breach at the Equifax credit reporting agency brought attention to the fees customers can be charged for freezing their accounts. The Illinois Senate Wednesday approved a ban on such fees.

More than five million Illinois residents were victims of the massive Equifax data breach last year. They got another shock when Equifax initially refused to waive its ten dollar fee for freezing credit.

At the time, Attorney General Lisa Madigan called that unfair.

CANDIDATES' CAMPAIGNS

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.

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.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan testified in support of Senate Bill 189.  It would eliminate the statute of limitations for child abuse and assault crimes. 

She cited the case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was convicted in a hush-money scheme related to several boys he admitted to molesting while a high school wrestling coach.   Madigan said Hastert inflicted "unbelievable pain" on the youth he molested at the school, and only got a "slap on the wrist."  

Judge Denies Request To Halt State Worker Pay

Feb 16, 2017
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 A St. Clair County judge denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to halt state employee pay in the absence of a complete state budget.

Illinois has gone nearly 20 months without the governor and General Assembly coming together to create a full, balanced spending plan.

It means state employees will continue to be paid as lawmakers and the governor continue their fight over how to pay for Illinois government.

 

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Illinois lawmakers are preparing legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks if a judge agrees with the attorney general's argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.

Republican Rep. Avery Bourne and Democratic Rep. Sue Scherer introduced similar measures Wednesday to keep paychecks flowing in response to a motion filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week.

Madigan is asking a judge to reverse a previous ruling that not paying state workers would be unconstitutional, even without a budget.

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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.

Jimmy John's

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Jimmy John's sandwich chain has agreed to stop requiring low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors.

Madigan said Wednesday the Champaign-based chain also agreed to inform employees that previously signed agreements will not be enforced, tell franchise owners to rescind existing agreements and pay $100,000 to be used for public awareness of legal standards for non-compete agreements.

Madigan sued Jimmy John's in June.

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Rockford police seized $8.6 million in cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in a raid last month in southeast Rockford, officials announced Thursday.

Officers found the drugs after raiding 629 16th Avenue on Nov. 22, where they arrested 58-year-old Luis Ruiz, according to the Rockford Register Star. He's been charged with delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to deliver.   

Illinois AG Releases Her Annual 'Safe Shopping Guide'

Nov 23, 2016

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 84 children’s items this year.

The Safe Shopping Guide details “dangerous” products like infant carriers at risk of detaching and jewelry kits that violate lead standards.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says more safety hazards are popping up as technology continues to evolve.

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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The Illinois Attorney General ruled earlier this month that private e-mail from Chicago police about the shooting of Laquan McDonald must be released. The president of a police organization says it brings more questions than answers about officer privacy.

Lisa Madigan said Chicago police officers must release private e-mails as requested by a CNN reporter back in January regarding the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Chris Southwood, president of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, says he sees no good coming from Madigan’s opinion from a right-to-privacy standpoint.

Illinois AG Dispute With Jimmy John's Continues

Jun 10, 2016
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Jimmy John's -- the chain sandwich company based in Illinois -- says it's fixed the problem with stores using non-compete agreements for employees.

But the Illinois Attorney General's office says franchise locations are still using them.

Under the agreements, employees couldn't work for another sub shop while working at Jimmy John's or for two years afterwards.

AG spokeswoman Eileen Boyce says stores are still asking employees to sign the agreements.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the Jimmy John's sandwich chain accusing it of improperly forcing low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors.

Madigan announced the lawsuit against Champaign-based Jimmy John's in a news release Wednesday. She called the non-compete agreements unfair. 

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  Legislation introduced in Springfield would remove Illinois’ Statute of Limitations for prosecuting child sex offenders. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan called for the measure last week when former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert admitted to sexually abusing teens.  Illinois no longer has a statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases when corroborating physical evidence exists, or when someone legally required to report the crime fails to do so. Thus the new proposal only affects the 20-year cutoff in cases where these circumstances don't apply.  

Fantasy Sports Regulation Measure Passes In The House

Apr 20, 2016
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The future of fantasy sports betting in Illinois hinges on legislation that’s passed a House committee.

       

It would regulate sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.  

The measure would ban company employees and anyone under 21 from playing the online games and give oversight to the Illinois Gaming Board. 

But Representative Scott Drury, a Democrat from Highwood, said he doesn't think the proposal can stop youth from participating. 

He also complained he needed more time to ask questions about the legislation before voting on it. 

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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 warning residents to avoid tax refund anticipation loans.

    

Such loans involve a tax preparer lending you the amount of the tax refund that you expect, minus interest and fees. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it may be tempting to get a return back quickly, but taxpayers should steer clear.

"Really, what those products are – are simply very expensive, very short term loans taken out against your tax refund,” Madigan said.

The Illinois attorney general has ruled that Governor Bruce Rauner's office has withheld too much information on his daily appointment calendars from taxpayers.

The state's public access counselor issued an opinion in response to an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act by The Associated Press.

Public access attorney Joshua Jones says the AP correctly argues that Rauner's staff improperly used exemptions under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to keep his whereabouts and activities secret.

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A lawsuit that could determine the fate of fantasy sports betting in Illinois could go to trial next summer.

Boston-based DraftKings and the Illinois Attorney General agreed to an expedited schedule and a bench trial in a lawsuit that could determine the fate of daily fantasy sports betting in the state.

An order filed in Cook County Circuit Court shows Lisa Madigan agreed to respond to DraftKings' complaint by January 22nd. A trial could begin by June.

DraftKings' attorney said in a statement the company and its legal team “are confident” they will win their case.

Madigan Calls For Investigation Of Chicago Police

Dec 2, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the federal government to investigate the Chicago Police Department -- including how officers use deadly force.

Madigan says there’s been a pattern of allegations of Chicago police misconduct, besides the killing of Laquan McDonald.

Madigan Calls For Investigation Of Chicago Police

Dec 2, 2015
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the federal government to investigate the Chicago Police Department -- including how officers use deadly force.

 

 

Madigan says there’s been a pattern of allegations of Chicago police misconduct, besides the killing of Laquan McDonald.

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