Illinois Attorney General

5:57 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Ill. State Employees, Retirees Need More Time In Pension Overhaul Argument

Credit Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Unions and others fighting to prevent Illinois' pension law from taking effect are asking the state Supreme Court to ease up on its accelerated timeline. 

A Sangamon County judge ruled the measure unconstitutional. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed paperwork earlier this month that says the state can use "police powers" to cut pensions.

Ten other groups filed briefs backing Madigan’s position. 

John Fitzgerald is an attorney who represents retired public school teachers. He says lawyers need more time to respond to all of those additional arguments.

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5:40 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Madigan Works To Accelerate Pension Law Review

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to speed up a state Supreme Court review of a pension law.  But public employees are hoping to slow down that process.   

Last month,  a Sangamon County judge overturned the law that would reduce pension benefits.  The plan is estimated to save one billion dollars the first year. 

The judge found the law violates the state constitution's protection for public pensions.

Money is behind the arguments on both sides.  The state won't be able to pocket savings if the case remains tied up in the judiciary. 

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Election 2014
6:26 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Illinois Attorney General Candidate Criticizes Lisa Madigan On Corruption Prevention

Credit Office of the Illinois Attorney General

The Republican challenging Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not doing enough to fight corruption.

Paul Schimpf is running on this campaign slogan: "Trust a Retired Marine, Not the Madigan Machine!" A reference not only to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, but also to her father -- House Speaker and head of the state Democratic Party, Michael Madigan.

Schimpf says both are part of a political class that has proven it can't police itself.

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Mortgage Crisis
1:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Illinois Gets A Cut Of The Bank Of America Settlement

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$300,000,000. That's Illinois' share of the nearly $17-billion national settlement with Bank of America.

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6:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Scammers Glom Onto ACA

Illinois officials say full implementation of the Affordable Care Act is attracting potential scams.

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Attorney General cites father in decision
5:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor


Lisa Madigan will NOT run for Illinois governor next year. The state’s Attorney General announced today she has been considering a run for governor for months, but decided to stick with her current job.

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12:28 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

'Debt resolution' firm agrees to $2.1 million restitution

Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution LLC will provide $2.1 million in restitution for Illinois residents who paid for debt settlement services but failed to receive meaningful debt reduction under a settlement with Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The Chicago-based law firm, which operates nationwide, allegedly charged consumers upfront fees to provide debt settlement services with promises to make them debt free.

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4:39 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Rockford official keeps two elected seats while awaiting law change

The Illinois Attorney General's office says an elected official in northern Illinois has to decide between two jobs.  But Ted Biondo won't give up any elected seat while state lawmakers consider changing a law that would make it legal for him to hold two offices. 

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