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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 will cover issues including domestic abuse and sexual assaults on college campuses.

Madigan is the chairwoman of the Midwest region's National Association of Attorneys General. The group is comprised of attorneys general from 11 states.

Madigan helped draft legislation that requires college campuses to have policies about reporting incidents and notifying survivors of their rights.


The U.S. Supreme Court will not get the last word on Illinois’s attempts to cut government pension costs; a 2013 pension law is dead, for good.

There'd been a slim possibility the law would have another big day in court.

Lawmakers attempt at reducing the state's ballooning retirement costs was viewed as landmark when it passed in 2013. 

Also major? A ruling this May from Illinois' Supreme Court that that law --- with its reduced benefits -- was unconstitutional.

The Illinois Attorney General is hailing a new state law that will prevent hospitals from billing survivors of sexual assault for medical forensic exams.

Lisa Madigan, who pushed for the legislation, says it removes a barrier that may keep some rape victims from going to the hospital immediately after the crime.

Federal law requires Illinois to certify that survivors are not being billed for “rape kit” exams. That’s a condition of receiving federal funds.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to keep paying state employees even without a budget agreement could hit a legal snag. 

The Republican governor sent a memo to employees Monday in an attempt to reassure them that they will get their paychecks as scheduled and should continue punching in on Wednesday. That's the beginning of a new fiscal year and there's no spending plan in place.  

Be Wary Of Home Repair Scams, Tornado Victims

Apr 14, 2015
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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. 

Madigan Calls Rauner 'Empowerment Zones' Illegal

Mar 22, 2015

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to encourage local right-to-work zones – what he calls “empowerment zones” -- around Illinois violates federal law, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Madigan, a Democrat, issued an opinion on the issue at the request of State Sen. Gary Forby and State Rep. Jay Hoffman, both Democrats and both chair of the labor committee in their respective legislative bodies.

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The Illinois Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and appointed Comptroller used their post-inaugural remarks to highlighted the accomplishments and goals after Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration Monday.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she speaks for families and communities and helps them fight against identity theft and data breaches. The Democrat said trying to fight for equality for Illinois citizens is why she takes the oath of office.

Madigan Works To Accelerate Pension Law Review

Dec 10, 2014
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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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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.