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Illinois Consumer Resources

Illinois residents, if you’re looking for information about organization in your state, you’ve come to the right place. We have a list of state agencies and legal resources available for you to search. We also have additional links to educational, health, financial, and employment resources in your area.

You can read a summary of each link below, along with any relevant contact information.

STATE AGENCIES

Attorney General – This website offers a variety of information for Illinois residents. Specifically this page features consumer protection links, and issues Illinois consumers may have. There are forms available online for consumers to file a complaint. Find other information through consumer press releases and documents.

Illinois Commerce Commission – This division oversees regulation of different utilities and service providers. As a consumer, you can research the site for consumer protection rules and information on utility education. You can file a complaint or find a service provider. There are also links available to show how you can control your utility bills.

LEGAL RESOURCES

Small Claims Court – Get all the information you need about small claims court here. Discover court cost limits, attorney requirements, and provisions included in Illinois law. Get specific details on appeal processes and Illinois statutes. If you are pursuing a small claims court case, this is a good stop.

Illinois Consumer Protection Law – This site offers a list of consumer protection laws regarding various subjects. You can read about automobile buyer protection, telephone and mail fraud, get-rich-quick schemes and more. If you have a problem, you can also call the Consumer Fraud Bureau at (218) 782-9011.

EDUCATIONAL

Illinois Education – Look for a variety of tools in the education field through this Illinois page. You can get information on Early Childhood, K-12 education, special education, and higher learning opportunities. You can search for colleges and universities in the state. Aspiring instructors can learn more about teaching certifications, classroom resources and more.

Educational Resources – This directory provides a comprehensive list of educational resources for Illinois. You can view the list in a general search, or conduct an advanced search on agencies. You can search through organizations by type. You can search by states and territories as well.

FINANCIAL

Illinois Treasurer – This website is dedicated to the overseeing of financial institutions in the state of Illinois. For consumers, there is plenty of education to find. You can view financial presentations, news articles about smart money handling and economic developments. There are even links to a variety of loans for both consumers and businesses. You can reach the office directly at  (312) 814-1700.

HEALTH

Health Care & Family Services – Read up on state offered health and family programs here. You can view general agency information, get details on child support services, or read about medical programs in Illinois. You can apply for medical assistance and special health coverage through the site as well.

Health & Wellness – This healthcare portal will provide you information for a variety of health care topics. Use the healthcare program finder to get the specific help you need. You can search for healthcare, prescription drug coverage, and special health programs. You can also view links to disability and special needs programs offered.

SAFETY

Identity Theft Hotline – This webpage will offer extensive information regarding identity theft protection and help for victims. Learn more about the prevalence of identity theft, and view statistics. You can get more information on how to protect your identity. If you are a victim, you can call the Hotline at 1-866-999-5630.

EMPLOYMENT

Illinois Employment -  Find your career through this Illinois employment database. Search for jobs, or recruit and train employees. You can view internship opportunities or information for disabled workers. Those looking for education for a potential job can also find links through this site.

Contact Illinois State & Local Consumer Agencies

State and local consumer protection offices mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate a variety of professionals, promote strong consumer protection legislation, provide educational materials and advocate in the consumer interest.  To save time, call the office before sending in a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have, and if complaint forms are provided.

 

State Offices
Patricia Kelly, Chief
Consumer Protection Division
Office of Attorney General
100 West Randolph
12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-3000
TDD: 312-793-2852
Fax: 312-814-2593

Charles Gil Fergus, Bureau Chief
Consumer Fraud Bureau
100 West Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-3580
Toll free in IL: 1-800-386-5438
TDD: 312-814-3374
Fax: 312-814-2593

Assistant Attorney General
Office of Attorney General
1001 E. Main
Carbondale, IL 62901
618-457-3505
Toll free in IL: 1-800-243-0607 (consumer hotline serving southern Illinois)
TDD: 618-457-4421
Fax: 618-457-5509

Regional Offices

Deborah Hagan, Bureau Chief
Office of Attorney General
Department of Consumer Affairs
500 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-1090
Toll free in IL: 1-800-243-0618 (handles problems related to state government)

Governor's Office of Citizen Assistance
222 South College Street
Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-0244
Toll free in IL: 1-800-642-3112 (handles problems related to state government)

County Offices
Joseph Hudson, Supervisor
Consumer Fraud Division - 303
Cook County Office of State's Attorney
28 North Clark, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602
312-345-2400
Fax: 312-345-2401

William Haine, State's Attorney
Madison County Office of State's Attorney
157 N. Main Street
Suite 402
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618-692-6280
Fax: 618-656-7312

City Offices
Caroline Shoenberger, Commissioner
Chicago Department of Consumer Services
121 North LaSalle Street, Room 808
Chicago, IL 60602
312-744-4006
TDD: 312-744-9385
Fax: 312-744-9089
Web site: www.ci.chi.il.us

Sharon Carter, Administrator
Consumer Protection Office
City of Des Plaines
1420 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-391-5006
Fax: 847-391-5378

State Banking Regulators

The officials listed below regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check the listing of Selected Federal Agencies.

 

Jack Schaffer
Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate, Office of Banks and Real Estate
500 E. Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217-782-3000
312-793-3000
Fax: 217-524-5941
TDD: 217-524-6644
E-mail: BANKS@BRE084r1.state.il.us
Web site: www.state.il.us/obr

State Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for all types of insurance, including car, homeowner and health insurance. The officials listed below enforce these laws. Many of these offices can provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

 

Tim Cena
Office Manager and Staff Attorney Department of Insurance
100 West Randolph Street
Suite 15-100
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-2420
Fax: 312-814-5435

Mark Boozell
Director, Department of Insurance
320 West Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62767
217-782-4515
Fax: 217-782-5020
TDD: 217-524-4872
E-mail: director@ins084rl.state.il.us
Web site: www.state.il.us/ins/