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The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is taking her case over state employee pay to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan is asking the justices to review a lower court order that’s kept state workers getting paid during the 20-month budget stalemate.

She says the order has enabled Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to shirk their constitutional  obligation, avoiding tough decisions about state spending.

Illinois' attorney general says she will appeal a judge ruling denying her request to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Illinois Constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending.

A St. Clair County judge has denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to halt state employee pay in the absence of a complete state budget. Illinois has gone nearly 20 months without the governor and General Assembly coming together to create a full, balanced spending plan. It means state employees will continue to be paid as legislators and the governor continue their fight over how to pay for Illinois government.

Legislation to keep Illinois government functioning without a full budget stalled today in Springfield. Democrats and Republicans have dueling proposals to keep paychecks flowing to state employees.  The Democratic plan would pay state workers through the end of the budget year, June 30th.  The Republicans responded with a plan to pay state workers forever, even if Illinois never adopts a full budget.

A group of Republican lawmakers want to set up automatic payments to state workers. It would ensure Illinois’ employees get paid regardless of whether there’s a budget. 

Illinois' Lisa Madigan is among more than a dozen attorneys general who are speaking out against Republican President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.  Madigan and the others issued a statement condemning the Friday order, which restricts refugees and immigration. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a judge to tell state employees: No budget, no paycheck.

U of I Reviewing State Paycheck Halt

Jan 27, 2017

A court filing by Illinois’ Attorney General seeks to halt state worker paychecks by the end of February, and not let them resume until there’s agreement on a state budget. But it’s not yet clear if Thursday’s action would extend to University of Illinois employees.  

CHICAGO (AP) - 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.

Illinois elementary schools and daycares would have to test drinking water for lead and notify parents of the results under newly-filed legislation.  The proposal applies to all public and private schools built before 2000 with students through grade 5. 

Rockford police seized $8.6 million in cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in a raid last month in southeast Rockford, officials announced Thursday.

Officers found the drugs after raiding 629 16th Avenue on Nov. 22, where they arrested 58-year-old Luis Ruiz, according to the Rockford Register Star. He's been charged with delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to deliver.   

The attorney general for Illinois is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

A federal judge has blocked an Illinois law that had been aimed at making it easier to vote this fall.

The law required the state’s biggest cities and counties to let citizens register to vote on election day and at their local polling place. It did not impose the same requirement on smaller election authorities.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against a Phoenix-based pharmaceutical company for alleged deceptive marketing of an opioid drug meant for cancer patients.  The lawsuit claims Insys Therapeutics Inc. marketed its sublingual fentanyl spray Subsys to doctors who prescribed large amounts of painkillers instead of to cancer doctors.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has issued an opinion stating that privately transmitted emails about government business are subject to disclosure.  This stems from a case involving Chicago police officers' discussion of the Laquan McDonald shooting. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her father’s job as Speaker of the House continues to be a factor in her political future.

Lisa Madigan’s name is floating around the Illinois delegation in Philadelphia as a possible candidate for Governor.

But Madigan says right now her party shouldn’t be focusing on anything but electing Hillary Clinton.

“There is going to be plenty of time after the November elections to have this conversation and as you can see here in this room, just as we saw last night, the Democratic bench is deep,” Madigan said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her father’s job … as speaker of the Illinois House ... is a factor in whether she’d ever run for governor.

Madigan did not elaborate. But she stepped back from a possible 2014 bid, saying it would not be good for

Illinois to have two members of the same family in those positions.

Anyone seeking the governor’s office is asking to take on acute fiscal problems brought on by a political stalemate, piled on top of chronic underfunding and massive pension debt.

Social Service Groups Still Unpaid

Jul 13, 2016


 CHICAGO - Social service providers working without pay because of Illinois' budget problems say they don't know the impact of a short-term spending plan that lawmakers approved.

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Illinois consumers are set to receive their share of a $19 million payment from Apple Inc. in a lawsuit over e-book pricing.   Illinois was one of 33 states that sued Apple and five book publishers in 2012, accusing them of price fixing. In a court settlement, Apple agreed to pay $400 million in damages. 


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The McClean County State's Attorney has requested the Illinois attorney general's office investigate alleged violations of the state's open meetings law by county health officials. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' attorney general is warning theater-goers to be wary of websites offering tickets to the mega-hit musicals "Hamilton" and "Aladdin" before they go on sale to the general public. 

Both shows are headed to Chicago over the coming year and are expected to swiftly sell out. 

 Lisa Madigan issued a warning Tuesday about sales of so-called "speculative tickets" from sellers or resellers. Madigan's office says such tickets often come with a steep markup and consumers risk ending up with bad seats or even counterfeit tickets. 

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 lawmakers have taken the first step toward eliminating the office of Lieutenant Governor. Estimates show the proposed constitutional amendment could save $1.6 million dollars a year.

The lieutenant governor doesn't actually have to do much: The Constitution vaguely says whoever holds the office "shall perform the duties ... delegated to him by the Governor."

This year, the Lt. Gov is actually a “her," Evelyn Sanguinetti. She led a local government consolidation task force.

The Illinois Supreme Court will be asked to re-visit an opinion it just issued March 24. State employees' salaries are at stake. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has demanded that a financially shaky Peabody Energy prove it has the $92 million necessary to restore Illinois mining land if it shuts down.  

Madigan sent a letter Monday to the St. Louis-based coal company seeking details on the bond amount available for its southern Illinois coal mines. 

Peabody told federal regulators last week its financial situation might force it to cease operations. It also delayed an interest payment. 

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association and its members which include ESPN and Yahoo, are backing legislation that would make daily fantasy games legal in Illinois. It would also characterize the contests as games of skill. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - 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 on Thursday. 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion in December saying the sites were illegal.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois dairy faces a lawsuit, which claims runoff from the operation's septic system killed hundreds of thousands of fish.

 Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office filed the lawsuit last month against Stone Ridge Dairy, which is located south of the village of Bellflower. 

The state is seeking more than $7,000 to cover the investigation and the destruction of fish and aquatic life in Lone Tree Creek.

 A phone message left by The Associated Press at the dairy seeking comment on the lawsuit was not immediately returned. 

Boston-based DraftKings and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have 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.