Illinois Attorney General undecided on run for governor

By Beau Ebenezer

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM CDT

GALESBURG Ill -- Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan made a stop in Galesburg Friday afternoon to talk to community leaders about consumer fraud.

Prior to the meeting she talked about her future political plans.

Madigan is looking at the possibility of a run for Illinois Governor.

Polls over the last few months have shown Madigan with a slight edge over Governor Pat Quinn.

However, Madigan said she is still undecided on whether or not she will run.

"It is still something I am seriously considering," said Madigan. "There is still a lot of good work that continues to be done and needs to be done in the Attorney General's office. We're working to protect homeowners. We are working to shore up the state financially as well. We're going to keep on doing that while I make my decision."

During the meeting Madigan gave some tips and information to avoid major consumer scams along with updated details of mortgage relief programs for those who had to foreclose their homes.

She said her office received more than 200,000 consumer fraud complaints over the last 10 years, and 26,000 just last year.

To avoid the typical scam, Madigan advised to watch out for obvious signs like wiring money to an unknown party or giving out personal information to strangers.

"You really have to be aware all the time," said Madigan. "If a stranger is approaching you in whatever way. If they are asking for your money directly or they are asking for access to your financial information to get that money indirectly, don't give it to them if you don't know them."

As for residents struggling with their mortgage, Madigan added that her office deals with it on a case by case basis.

To see if you qualify for assistance contact the Attorney General's office at 312-814-5094.

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