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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois attorney general has launched a hotline and email address for residents who want to report clergy abuse. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’s not running for re-election.The surprise announcement comes midway through her fourth term. 

Madigan has been attorney general since 2003 and has focused much of her energy on consumer protection. The Democrat has filed lawsuits over student debt, worker abuse, and drug prices.

That’s led some Republicans to say she ought to have spent more time fighting public corruption.

Still, Madigan has been popular with voters, winning re-election three times with anywhere from 60 to 70 percent of the vote.

  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Wednesday is issuing formal guidance to state and local police on immigration law.        

The document outlines recent changes in federal and state policy. On the one hand is President Donald Trump’s January executive order meant to increase deportations. That’s juxtaposed against Illinois’ new so-called TRUST Act, meant to increase protections for immigrants without legal status.

  Gov. Bruce Rauner signed that into law last month.

Illinois will receive just over $1 million of a $33 million multi-state settlement with Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations the health care giant sold numerous nonprescription medicines that didn't meet federal quality requirements.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's seeking a fifth term next year. Madigan revealed her 2018 plans last week during an unrelated news conference in Chicago. The Democrat is already the longest-serving attorney general in the state's history. 

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. She says consumer debt and identity theft were the top two issues drawing complaints for the ninth straight year.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has convened a meeting of legal and civil rights organizations in the wake of what she calls "troubling" executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.  Groups attending today's summit include Arab American Family Services, the Chicago Urban League and Lambda Legal. Group leaders say they fear escalating hate crimes.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing student loan company Sallie Mae and its spin-off Navient for consumer fraud, alleging the companies misled borrowers for profit.

Madigan's office began investigating after receiving numerous complaints.

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.

CHICAGO (AP) - 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.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued German automaker Volkswagen over the environmental impact of emissions cheating scandal revealed last year.  In the lawsuit, Madigan accused Volkswagen and its Audi and Porsche units of tampering with emission controls in 2-liter and 3-liter VW and Audi diesel engine cars. Violating Illinois environmental laws. 

Illinois will get $2.2 million in a multi-state agreement with Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. settling an investigation into fuel economy ratings.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the state's share today.

Peoria Family Seeks More Information

Oct 25, 2016
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A family grieving the death of a Peoria man shot last November is seeking more records detailing the incident. 29-year-old Desmun Underwood was killed in what police concluded was an attempted robbery where the shooter acted in self defense.

But mother Clara Underwood-Forman believes her son was murdered. She says reports from the Peoria County Coroner’s office about the location and number of bullet wounds don’t match photos taken of the body before the funeral.

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A $750,000 federal grant will help Illinois follow through on a new state law requiring specialized sexual assault response training for all 911 operators, police officers and investigators.  The law going into effect in January makes Illinois one of the few states in the country to have that requirement.

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.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is preparing to announce the top consumer complaints her office received in 2015. And once again, consumer debt and identity theft rank near the top.

Illinois AG: Hang up on IRS phone scammers

Feb 25, 2016

  The Illinois Attorney General says there’s a renewal of what’s become an annual phone scam. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says mostly older people are receiving the phony IRS calls.

The scammers are using threatening language to encourage people to send money for unpaid taxes. They use a spoof phone number that appears to belong to the IRS, often from the (202) area code in Washington D.C.

AG ruling casts doubt on fanasty sports betting

Dec 24, 2015

Illinois’ attorney general says betting on daily fantasy sports is illegal and that’s got the industry’s future in legal limbo. IPR's Michael Puente reports.




Fan Duel and Draft Kings are the big wigs in the daily fantasy betting world.

Customers winnings are based on the achievements of real players on virtual teams.

From Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s view, that’s gambling and it’s illegal.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' attorney general says daily fantasy sports betting is illegal gambling. Lisa Madigan issued an opinion Wednesday declaring that illegal gambling occurs when someone "plays a game of chance or skill for money." Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy contests because they are played over short periods - a week or even a day. Winners are decided on achievements of real players on virtual teams. One online betting provider - FanDuel - says in a statement it's disappointed.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is set to give the opening address to her Midwest counterparts aimed at preventing and addressing gender-based violence.  The two-day conference covers issues including domestic abuse and sexual assaults on college campuses. Madigan is the chairwoman of the Midwest region's National Association of Attorneys General.

  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning against home repair scams after deadly tornadoes struck northern Illinois last week. Her office says con artists can try to exploit homeowners and local businesses needing repairs due to storm damage. Madigan says she's filed four such lawsuits in previous cases where homeowners in suburban Chicago and Washington, Illinois were allegedly cheated out of more than $220,000.  Madigan says her office will be investigating complaints received from impacted areas and overseeing a registration process.

Consumer debt issues and identity theft topped the list of complaints to the Illinois attorney general's office in 2014.

Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs took office last month and asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan's advice on releasing an investigation about sexual harassment allegations against his predecessor. 

Illinois will receive nearly $53 million from a multi-state settlement over allegations that Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated ratings to risky mortgage investments in the years ahead of the 2008 economic crisis. 

Illinois residents shouldn't expect speedy state income tax refunds this year. The Illinois Department of Revenue says they'll be delayed by new security measures being implemented to deter identity theft and fraud.

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Bruce Rauner will take the oath of office as governor Monday during a ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. Rauner will be the first Republican governor in a dozen years and the state's 42nd governor.

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.  

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. But she says voters should also get a chance to cast ballots for the office in 2016. 

Illinois' Attorney General wants to speed up a state supreme court review of a pension law. But public employees are hoping to slow down that process.  

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has asked the Illinois Supreme Court for an expedited hearing of her appeal of a lower court's declaration the state's pension overhaul is unconstitutional.