Monday, March 18, 2013
Attorney General Lisa Madigan warns of the high cost of refund anticipation loans.
Monday, March 18
Attorney General Lisa Madigan today alerted Illinoisans to beware of the high cost of tax-refund anticipation products as the deadline for filing annual tax returns nears. Madigan said her office is monitoring businesses that offer tax-refund anticipation loans and checks this tax season in light of a new law in Illinois initiated by her office that cracks down on the excessively high fees associated with these options. The new law, which became effective in January, prohibits tax preparers from adding unnecessary costs – or “junk fees” – for refund products. “With tax season in full swing, tax preparers are once again flooding the airwaves with ads promising you a faster refund if you buy one of their loan offerings,” Madigan said. “But…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the multi-state $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation over its failure to alert motorists to dangerous acceleration safety defects.
Thursday, February 14
Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a $29 million, multi-state settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation over its failure to alert motorists to dangerous safety defects that caused millions of vehicles to unintentionally accelerate. “In spite of the evidence that millions of vehicles had serious defects, Toyota continued to promote and sell cars that put its customers in great danger,” Madigan said. Madigan and the states allege Toyota officials were aware of the defects that caused millions of its vehicles, including the Camry, Corolla and Prius, to unintentionally accelerate but failed to alert the public and continued to market and advertise Toyota vehicles as safe. The defects led to wide-ranging recalls of its vehicles in late…
Monday, November 28, 2011
Ninety-one kids products have been recalled this year. Are any on your shopping list?
Though most recalled toys are yanked from store shelves, some find their way onto resale websites and eventually into the home. If you're shopping for holiday gifts online, it's something to keep in mind. To help diminish the risk of allowing a defunct or dangerous product into your household, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has once again issued her Safe Shopping Guide, a 42-page PDF document packed with photos and product descriptions of products recalled in 2011. It's available at the Illinois Attorney General's website and is attached here as a PDF. “This guide is an easy-to-use resource for parents who are already busy enough without monitoring the dizzying number of recalls and dangerous products. I encourage everyone to use …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
District 219 proposed policies look at identity theft, electronic communications.
Technology has changed the way the world works, with electronic communication connecting everyone from school board members to criminals, who prey on unsuspecting victims and steal their identities and credit ratings. New and amended policies under consideration by the Niles Township District 219 School Board aim to address those issues. One new policy, mandated by the state, requires the district to limit its use of Social Security numbers to the functions required by federal and state law, and to safeguard the Social Security numbers it does collect. The policy had its first reading April 11. The school board cannot formally approve it until after a second reading. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Trade …