Makers of Meth Coffee threatened with suit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 30 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is threatening to sue a coffee manufacturer she contends glorifies drug use with its Meth Coffee brand.

Illinois to sue top mortgage lender

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 25 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she would sue the nation's largest mortgage lender for overselling risky loans.

Rezko case could shape governor's race

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 18 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to seek re-election could hinge on the outcome of the trial of his fundraiser, Antoin "Tony" Rezko, observers say.

Bill would mandate reporting of kid porn

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 29 (UPI) -- A bill now before the Illinois Legislature would require computer technicians to report to police any child pornography they find.

Lead, PVC found in children's toys

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Michigan's Ecology Center announced Tuesday the results of safety tests performed on 22 children's toys, including a Fisher Price toy found to contain lead.

Daughter asked to rule on conflict issue

CHICAGO, July 25 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been asked to rule on whether her father -- House Speaker Michael Madigan -- is guilty of a conflict of interest.

Regulatory tide turns for U.S. utilities

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 21 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in at least six U.S. states are considering recontrolling electric utilities freed from regulation in the 1990s, Stateline.org reports.

Power suppliers accused of collusion

SPRINGFIELD, Ind., March 16 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleges electricity suppliers engaged in price manipulation to inflate power prices.

Internet scam focusing on 'Oprah' fans

CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A series of e-mails has been making the rounds, seeking personal data about people through fake invitations to the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago.

R.J. Reynolds to pull flavored smokes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will stop using candy, fruit and alcohol names for flavored cigarettes, seen as appealing to youth.

Ill. secret compartment law struck down

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The Appellate Court of Illinois has declared unconstitutional a law that made operating a vehicle with a secret compartment a felony.

Ill. hiring target of U.S. investigation

CHICAGO, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. investigators say they have allegations linking Illinois agencies to massive political hiring, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Sale of phone records to be banned

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Concerned about privacy violations, Illinois officials plan to end the practice of selling of telephone records without customers' knowledge.

Free lunches for utility regulators banned

CHICAGO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- There's no such thing as free lunch, says an Illinois rule that bans regulators from dining for free with utilities' representatives that have pending requests.

Mo. gas stations fined for price gouging

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Nine Missouri gas stations have agreed to pay $6,750 in fines to settle complaints of price gouging after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Bill will help track sex offenders

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A bill offered by U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., calls for using satellite technology to track and monitor sex offenders.

Dave Matthews Band settles over dumping

CHICAGO, April 29 (UPI) -- The Dave Matthews Band has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle allegations that a bus driver for the band dumped human waste on a Chicago tour boat.

Peoples Energy sued over gas cost

CHICAGO, March 22 (UPI) -- Illinois' attorney general and the city of Chicago are suing Peoples Energy Corp. to recoup millions in alleged overcharges from the winter of 2000-01.

Charity accused of ID theft

CHICAGO, March 17 (UPI) -- The Illinois attorney general's office is suing a Cairo, Ill., charity that stole the identity of a failed suburban Chicago United Way chapter.

Illinois sues drug firms over pricing

CHICAGO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Illinois is suing dozens of big drugmakers for allegedly defrauding the state by overcharging government programs and Illinois Medicare customers.

Apology won't end state investigation

CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Chicago Alderman Dick Mell's public apology for accusing the chief fund-raiser for his governor son-in-law of job peddling won't end a state investigation.

Ill. gov., father-in-law in political spat

CHICAGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Illinois has a tradition of indicting governors but the latest twist in state politics is the family feud between Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his father-in-law.

Credit scam targeted Hispanics

CHICAGO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two Florida companies accused of targeting Hispanics in a credit card scam that charged up to $399 for a card.

Merck agrees to expand Vioxx refunds

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Attorneys general of Illinois, Oregon, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Vermont announced expansion of a Vioxx consumer refund program.

Illinois to collect online state sales tax

SPRINGFIELD, Ind., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The state of Illinois has settled its lawsuit with retailers Wal-Mart, Target and Office Depot for unpaid sales taxes from 2000-2003 for Internet sales.
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