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Historic legislation to prevent predatory loans passes Illinois House

The Illinois House of Representatives passed the Predatory Loan Prevention Act today, which if passed by the Senate, would implement a 36 percent interest rate cap on consumer loans, including payday and car title loans.

In mid-November, Peoples Gas released its third quarter report for 2020 detailing the ongoing status of its massive pipe replacement program. One takeaway from the report is that the Peoples Gas pipe replacement program is still behind schedule and over-budget, as it has been every quarter in the almost three years it has been making quarterly reports.

News Release | US PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

FTC settles first case against VoIP provider for allowing illegal robocalls

This FTC settlement must be a wake-up call to phone service providers so they do more to protect consumers. If not, the FTC must be vigilant in going after companies that enable the immoral practice of preying on consumers. And the FCC should require providers to block spoofed calls that we all know are scams.

Choosing the best way to pay: Cash, credit cards, debit cards, P2P, checks or online payments

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Cash has long been king. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, despite the push by some merchants to discourage customers from paying with cash.

On Friday, August 20, Governor Pritzker released a set of new energy principles for Illinois, “Eight Principles for a Clean & Renewable Illinois Economy.” Much of the attention surrounding the announcement has been on proposals to hold ComEd and Exelon more accountable, which is understandable, given the current scandal. But, the announcement also included support for a policy Illinois PIRG has been advocating for years: ending the 2013 law granting a bill surcharge that Peoples Gas and other gas utilities are using to spend billions of dollars outside of the normal regulatory process.

If you’re behind on your mortgage payments, here are some tips

If you’re struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments, you’re far from alone. More than 8% of homeowners with a mortgage are at least 30 days behind. And this doesn’t count the millions of people scrambling to pull together enough money to pay their mortgage only two or three weeks late every month. 

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