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PROTECTING CONSUMER SAFETY—Toys should not be toxic or dangerous for children to play with. Our food should not make us sick. The terms for banking and credit accounts should be clear and easy to understand.
Illinois PIRG’s consumer program works to alert the public to hidden dangers and scams and to ban anti-consumer practices and unsafe products.
TROUBLE IN TOYLAND
For 30 years, Illinois PIRG’s "Trouble In Toyland" report has surveyed store shelves and identified choking hazards, noise hazards and other dangers. Our report has led to at least 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years.
BIGGER BANKS, BIGGER FEES
In April, Illinois PIRG released a report in which we surveyed more than 350 bank branches and revealed that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers, while one in four provided no fee information at all. We also found that despite widespread stories about the “death” of free checking, free and low-cost checking choices are still widely available, if consumers shop around.
Our response to Equifax paying a $650 million penalty for exposing the social security numbers of 148 million Americans to identity theft.
Illinois PIRG Education Fund has released a new report, Tragedy of Errors, detailing multiple critical failures of the Peoples Gas pipe replacement program, and the failure of state policy makers to hold the utility company accountable on behalf of Chicago gas customers.
Members of Congress hear repeatedly from lobbyists for corporate special interests in their offices and at fundraisers. How can consumer advocates balance the scales?
In most of the country, owning a car is all but required. And we're paying for it—to the tune of $1.2 trillion. This is putting the financial well-being of millions of Americans at risk, and Illinois PIRG and our national network are calling for change.
The Illinois House of Representative today passed Senate Bill 651, the Home Energy Affordability & Transparency (HEAT) Act by a bipartisan vote of 116-0. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, now returns to the Illinois Senate, where its sponsor Sen. Kimberly Lightford will look for final passage. The Senate previously passed a version of the bill with bipartisan support, 43-10.
Consumer Protection | U.S. PIRG
Report shows how campus debit cards — along with how they are marketed — are putting students' financial well-being at risk across the country.
Tools & Resources
Avoid the tricks and traps in campus financial products that may drive up the costs of collegeIllinois PIRG Education Fund
What you can do to avoid identity theft and other harmsIllinois PIRG
Seeking Compensation for Consumers and Environment
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