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News Release | Illinois PIRG

Diverse coalition of consumers, small businesses, farmers and hospitals call on Illinois legislature to pass Right to Repair

A diverse coalition of consumers, small businesses, farmers and hospitals urged an Illinois House committee on Thursday to pass  “Right to Repair” legislation – House Bill 3061 (Mussman) – that would end repair restrictions manufacturers place on products from cell phones to tractors. Right to Repair would ensure device owners can fix their products on their own or through independent repair technicians, rather than being forced to rely on the manufacturer.

News Release | US PIRG | Antibiotics

Small decrease in antibiotic sales to meat production is not enough

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new data Tuesday showing that sales of medically important antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals decreased by three percent between 2019 and 2020.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund

STATEMENT: New tip guide reveals how to spot counterfeit merchandise when shopping for gifts online

As we get deeper into the 2021 holiday season, online shoppers need to beware of counterfeit products, from knockoff sports merchandise to fake-branded perfumes or electronics that aren’t genuine.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement: Overdraft actions by CFPB and Capital One should be followed by more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released research showing that the financial sector overrelies on overdraft fees and non-sufficient funds (NSF) revenue, which reached an estimated $15.47 billion in 2019. Ironically, one of America’s 15 largest banks, Capital One, announced earlier in December that it will eliminate all overdraft and NSF fees.

News Release | Illinois PIRG

Guide Helps You Shop Used Electronics and Have A Greener Holiday

This holiday season, you can avoid shipping delays and backorders from global supply shortages while paying even less than you would on Black Friday for electronics, if you buy them used and refurbished. “Fixed for the Holidays” helps consumers purchase used items with confidence -- detailing what to buy, how to know if you are getting a good deal and where to shop. 

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