Attorney General

Be Wary Of Home Repair Scams, Tornado Victims

Apr 14, 2015
Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning against home repair scams after deadly tornadoes struck northern Illinois last week.

Con artists could try to exploit homeowners and local businesses that need repairs due to storm damage.

Communities with the worst damage include Fairdale and Rochelle.

Madigan says to be wary of those who go door-to-door offering such services. Madigan says she's filed four such lawsuits in previous cases where homeowners in suburban Chicago and central Illinois were allegedly cheated out of more than $220,000. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Illinois should deny a pension to a terminally-ill former lawmaker for collecting and trading nearly 3,000 pornographic images of children. 

Madigan ruled Thursday former state Rep. Keith Farnham forfeited his right to his twelve-hundred dollar monthly benefit.

Madigan says that’s because Farnham used the state's computers to access child porn before he resigned last year.

Madigan also says the Elgin Democrat is due a refund of his pension contributions.

A legislative panel will consider Farnham's pension April 15. 

Office of the Illinois Attorney General

A new Illinois law will make it harder for felons to receive a public pension. 

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law that gives the attorney general more power to stop pensions to convicted felons. Legislators sought the change after former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was allowed to keep his pension after he lied about torturing suspects.

The Illinois Supreme Court in July upheld a lower court ruling that the attorney general could not challenge a Chicago police pension board decision that allowed Burge to keep his taxpayer-supported pension. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

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Victims of violent crime in Illinois can get up to $27,000 to help them deal with the aftermath. But few know they’re eligible for assistance under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan has released her annual Safe Shopping Guide outlining recalled products to warn parents about potentially dangerous toys.  The guide features toys and other products that were recalled over the past year– from toys covered in lead paint and dolls that pose a choking hazard to defective high chairs and strollers.