Illinois Debtors Thrown In Jail: Lisa Madigan Working To Stop Debt Collector Arrest Warrants

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Illinois Debtors Thrown In Jail: Lisa Madigan Working To Stop Debt Collector Arrest Warrants

Post by Guest on Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:57 am

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Some Illinois residents struggling to pay off their debt have yet another thing to worry about: getting thrown in jail.

As WBEZ reports, creditors in the state have figured out ways around laws that prevent them from putting debtors in jail, and the number of people being issued arrest warrants linked to unpaid bills is growing. Collection agencies can reportedly file a lawsuit requiring a court appearance, and if the defendant doesn't show up for their hearing, an arrest warrant can be issued.

The practice has been happening more often in a stagnant economy, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to do something about it.

"We can no longer allow debt collectors to pervert the courts," Madigan told the Wall Street Journal, adding that some victims of this practice were thrown in jail without knowing that they were being sued due to misleading or sloppy paperwork submitted to the court by debt collectors.

NPR spoke to one Illinois woman who was shocked to learn that a warrant was out for her arrest:

...and this is such a fascist action...we can't allow corporations to do this....we need to have them negotiate to work in the economic system they created with their greed.

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Re: Illinois Debtors Thrown In Jail: Lisa Madigan Working To Stop Debt Collector Arrest Warrants

Post by Guest on Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:19 pm

Every time they throw someone in jail for being a debtor, they create another soldier for our side in the revolution.


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Re: Illinois Debtors Thrown In Jail: Lisa Madigan Working To Stop Debt Collector Arrest Warrants

Post by Guest on Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:55 pm

Mac McFadden wrote:Every time they throw someone in jail for being a debtor, they create another soldier for our side in the revolution.


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That is a good thought, Mac.

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