State Government

Ill. attorney general collected $1.1B in 2012

CHICAGO – The office of Illinois' attorney general says it generated more than $1.1 billion in state revenue through litigation and collection efforts in 2012.

Of that amount, more than half came from collections litigation, including funds from child support, damage to state property, unpaid educational loans, fines and penalties. The rest was split between tobacco litigation and estate tax revenues.

In a Sunday news release, officials say it was the largest annual amount collected in nearly a decade. The sum doesn't include millions of dollars the office recovered through mediation and litigation. Those funds are usually given as restitution to the parties involved.

Officials estimate they generated more than $36 for every tax dollar they spent in 2012.

Collections under the Attorney General Lisa Madigan have reached more than $9.9 billion.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.