It’s been a great week for big banks and corporate giants -- and a bad week for consumers and ordinary citizens everywhere.
U.S. House passed a bill that cuts into the new Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau (CFPB), and here in Illinois,
Attorney General Lisa Madigan was named one of the main negotiators
working with big banks for immunity in civil courts over foreclosure law
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is headlining a fundraiser for
the advocacy group Campaign for Better Health Care in Chicago this evening. While Madigan is expected to discuss her push for consumer
protection in a soon-to-be established health exchange program, the AG
is also set to address the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it is gradually
implemented in the state.
This comes as the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta heard oral arguments last week in a class action lawsuit against the ACA. The suit, State of
Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, challenges the
constitutionality of the Obama administration's signature health care reform law.
Violating the prevailing wage laws in Illinois could be a felony if a bill pushed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan makes it through the General Assembly. Last week, Madigan announced that her office will work with State Rep.
In the past, we've poked fun at the Illinois Policy Institute's
"Spotlight on Spending" series in which the conservative think tank
"highlights wasteful or inefficient programs and spending." This week,
the group came out with a new white paper comparing the pay of Illinois'
Prompted in part by the recent crisis that swept through the housing market, in which mortgage services using "robo-signers" produced shoddy foreclosure filing documents, Illinois is clamping down on companies that are taking advantage of vulnerable homeowners.