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The Illinois attorney general is warning residents to avoid tax refund anticipation loans.

    

Such loans involve a tax preparer lending you the amount of the tax refund that you expect, minus interest and fees. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it may be tempting to get a return back quickly, but taxpayers should steer clear.

"Really, what those products are – are simply very expensive, very short term loans taken out against your tax refund,” Madigan said.

The Illinois attorney general has ruled that Governor Bruce Rauner's office has withheld too much information on his daily appointment calendars from taxpayers.

The state's public access counselor issued an opinion in response to an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act by The Associated Press.

Public access attorney Joshua Jones says the AP correctly argues that Rauner's staff improperly used exemptions under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to keep his whereabouts and activities secret.

DraftKings

A lawsuit that could determine the fate of fantasy sports betting in Illinois could go to trial next summer.

Boston-based DraftKings and the Illinois Attorney General agreed to an expedited schedule and a bench trial in a lawsuit that could determine the fate of daily fantasy sports betting in the state.

An order filed in Cook County Circuit Court shows Lisa Madigan agreed to respond to DraftKings' complaint by January 22nd. A trial could begin by June.

DraftKings' attorney said in a statement the company and its legal team “are confident” they will win their case.

Madigan Calls For Investigation Of Chicago Police

Dec 2, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the federal government to investigate the Chicago Police Department -- including how officers use deadly force.

Madigan says there’s been a pattern of allegations of Chicago police misconduct, besides the killing of Laquan McDonald.

Madigan Calls For Investigation Of Chicago Police

Dec 2, 2015
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the federal government to investigate the Chicago Police Department -- including how officers use deadly force.

 

 

Madigan says there’s been a pattern of allegations of Chicago police misconduct, besides the killing of Laquan McDonald.

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.

WUIS

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.

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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. 

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