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CHICAGO - Illinois' attorney general is suing the operators of Trump International Hotel and Tower for removing water from and releasing water into the Chicago River in violation of federal environmental laws.

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs returned home to Champaign County today to announce he’s backing State Senator Kwame Raoul in the crowded race for state Attorney General.

Speaking on the University of Illinois Urbana campus, Frerichs praised Senator Raoul for supporting a bill requiring insurance companies to be more proactive in paying out life insurance benefits to surviving family members.

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Makers of generic pharmaceuticals are pushing back against an attempt to regulate prices in the industry. Several Illinois lawmakers are pushing to hold the companies accountable for what they call “price gouging.” But opponents say regulation is not the answer.   


Carrie Hartgen is with the Association for Accessible Medicines. She says the proposal overlooks large pharmaceutical companies that impose price hikes on patented drugs, and instead picks on the smaller industry.


IL AG Cautions of Social Media Scam

Feb 23, 2018

  CHICAGO - The Illinois Attorney General warns that a social media scam is soliciting personal information with promises of "free money" through her office.


Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she received complaints of fake Facebook and Instagram accounts falsely claiming association with her office. The accounts provide links to get "free money" through government grant funding.


Illinois attorney general candidate Sharon Fairley is outlining steps she would take to root corruption as the state’s top attorney.

Fairley says if elected she’d create a hotline for reporting corruption - and push legislation to strengthen the state’s legislative and executive watchdogs - among other proposals.

FAIRLEY: "I don’t think there’s enough energy, focus or attention right now in the office. And there’s a lot of work to be done."

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The Illinois State Board of Elections voted to allow Scott Drury, a Democratic candidate for Attorney General, to remain on the ballot.

Drury is a state representative and that's where confusion arose. 

Sen. Koehler Backs Kwame Raoul for Illinois AG

Nov 30, 2017

State Senator Dave Koehler says he’s supporting fellow Senator Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General.

Raoul says Koehler’s endorsement is important to him because of the Peoria lawmakers leadership on issues that impact working families as well as health care.

“Those are two important points that I raise in my campaign statewide and policy points that I’ve committed myself too over the last 13-years and wish to emphasize as the state’s next attorney general.”

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The Cook County Democratic Party Fri. invited every Democratic candidate running for Illinois Attorney General to address the question at the top of the news lately: Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment? 

Jesse Ruiz Enters the Fold for Attorney General

Oct 18, 2017

Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz announced he’s running for Illinois Attorney General Wednesday.

Attorney General's Office Withdraws from Heidelberg Case

Jul 21, 2017
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The latest hearing for Cleve Heidelberg was a strike out for his defense attorneys.

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Attorneys representing Cleve Heidelberg are pushing back against a request by the Illinois Attorney General’s office to end a review of his case.

CHICAGO (AP) - 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.

State and federal authorities are trying to find out why 1,500 absentee ballot applications were left in a Rock Island post office box for three weeks.
Michelle O'Neill reports.

The city of Chicago is asking a judge to overturn an Illinois attorney general's ruling that police officers' personal emails are a matter of public record.  The city filed the complaint arguing that officers' personal emails concerning the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer aren't subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Jimmy John's franchises still requiring noncompetes

Jun 10, 2016

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.  

A legal fight is shaping up over whether the state of Illinois will have to produce any documents showing how permits were awarded in the medical marijuana industry.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office wants to intervene in Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of "fair share" union dues. 

Illinois Lottery management company under review

Jan 26, 2015

The management of Illinois’ lottery is under legal review.  Illinois’ lottery is run by a private company named Northstar. And Northstar is part of a partnership made up of two large gambling companies that run lottos around the world.

Illinois lawmakers are due back in Springfield later this week. Outgoing Governor Pat Quinn called a special session on Jan. 8 to discuss an election to replace late comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

With the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, it would seem that the next step is for the Governor to appoint a successor. However, election officials are unsure about the process.

Illinois residents could have a harder time access government information under new legislation before the General Assembly. The plan makes it harder for people to get repaid legal costs when a government wrongfully denies access to public documents. At the same time, it makes it easier for governments to keep certain information off-limits.

The Illinois Libertarian Party has filed a criminal complaint against the state's Republican Party. The Libertarians allege the GOP hired armed private investigators to go to the homes of voters who hadsigned the petitions to put the Libertarian slate on the November election ballot. 

Madigan leads investigation into security breach

Aug 27, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is leading the investigation into the recent security breaches of companies like Neiman Marcus, eBay and Sony. Madigan says these types of cyber-attacks are becoming more frequent and widespread.

The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law which he thinks is unconstitutional.

Schimpf discusses why he wants Attorney General job

Sep 18, 2013

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been a formidable opponent in her last two re-election campaigns. The Chicago Democrat beat each of her last two opponents by more than a million votes, and she has one of the wealthiest campaign funds in the state.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan beat her last opponent by more than a million votes. Her decision to run for re-election next year scared away most of the people who'd been eyeing her job. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one Republican is throwing his hat in the ring.

Peoria gas station operator charged with tax fraud

Aug 2, 2013

A state effort cracking-down on gas station operators for tax fraud has netted charges for a Peoria man.

Indiana’s attorney general says his state’s gun laws aren’t what’s fueling crime in Chicago. 

Illinois Public Radio's Michael Puente reports.

It’s estimated that up to 20 percent of guns recovered by Chicago police over the last four years came from Indiana.