Lisa Madigan

Fantasy Sports Regulation Measure Passes In The House

Apr 20, 2016

The future of fantasy sports betting in Illinois hinges on legislation that’s passed a House committee.


It would regulate sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.  

The measure would ban company employees and anyone under 21 from playing the online games and give oversight to the Illinois Gaming Board. 

But Representative Scott Drury, a Democrat from Highwood, said he doesn't think the proposal can stop youth from participating. 

He also complained he needed more time to ask questions about the legislation before voting on it.

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.  


Fantasy sports sites are in favor of an Illinois House plan to regulate contested online sports betting.

Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel are expected to announce their support of a proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski at the Capitol today.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion in December saying the sites were illegal. The companies argued the opinion could destroy a “legitimate industry'' allowed by state law.

New York and Texas have also issued opinions challenging the legality of the industry.

"Filing taxes - 1040 form" by Flickr User PT Money / (CC BY 2.0)

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.