The state's Department of Revenue and Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office have collected $12.5 million in unpaid taxes from delinquent gas station owners, plus an additional $9.3 million after filing criminal charges against five gas station operators that were evading tax payments by providing false sales figures.
Last week, Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked
several banks to halt foreclosures in Illinois because of alleged
paperwork problems. If 23 mortgage loan servicers can't prove their
documentation was reliable, the Democrat wants them to do the same. "They should not be above the law," Madigan said in a statement today.
The home foreclosure crisis was upended this week by escalating probes into the banks' foreclosure paperwork. But the freezes on foreclosure proceedings and sales need to be accompanied by more principal write-downs and loan modifications by the banks, advocates say.
Sun-Times' reporters Tim Novak and Dave McKinney did the voting public a service by exposing
a loophole in Illinois' "statement of economic interest" disclosure
form that allows political candidates to hide familial relationships
with registered lobbyists. As the paper's editorial board writes, it's
crucial that the state forces lawmakers to admit publicly who in their
families could benefit from state laws.