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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

Dec 12, 2016
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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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