(CHICAGO) The State Attorney General’s office is alerting Illinois residents to a scam that’s using its office and name, plus the prospect of free money, all in an attempt to solicit personal information from people. The office has received consumer complaints from people who have received solicitations from social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram that provide links to get “free money” from the Attorney General’s office through alleged government grant funding. Officials say these are scams designed to get personal information from people around the state, including their social security numbers and in some cases, checking and/or banking account numbers. Those who have encountered this or any similar scam should contact the office’s downstate Consumer Fraud Hotline in Carbondale, at 1-800-243-0607, or file complaints online at the State Attorney General’s website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinoisans can celebrate the state’s 200th birthday by choosing the 200 greatest people, places, and things in state history, all in online voting coordinated by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The State Journal-Register, and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Every two weeks through the rest of 2018, the public will get to select the best movies, most inspiring leaders, greatest books, top businesses, and much more. By the state’s 200th birthday on December 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories – the Illinois Top 200. Voting in the first category, Top Movies, opened yesterday, and results will be announced March 5, when the voting starts for the next category, Top Businesses. To vote or to get more information, go online at www.IllinoisTop200.com.