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Archive for November 8th, 2016

Attorney General Madigan’s Office Will Monitor General Election

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CHICAGO, IL— Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that 191 teams of Assistant Attorneys General and Investigators from her office will be working throughout the state on Tuesday, November 8, to monitor the General Election to ensure that Illinois voters’ rights are protected and polling places are accessible.

Madigan urges voters to contact her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity on election day. Chicago area and northern Illinois voters should call 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013). Central and southern Illinois voters should call 1-866-559-6812 (TTY 1-877-844-5461).

 

Voting by Mail

Illinois Attorney General Madigan reminded voters who plan to vote by mail to ensure their mail-in ballot is post-marked by November 8 or delivered to the proper election authorities by 7 p.m. November 8 to be counted in the election. A mailed ballot must be completed, signed and sealed in the certification envelope. Voters who choose to deliver their vote-by-mail ballot in person should deliver completed mail-in ballots to the office of their local or county election authority and not to their home polling place.

Voters who applied to vote by mail but did not receive a ballot can vote in person on election day after signing an affidavit verifying that they did not submit a vote-by-mail ballot. These voters may also be required to show identification.

Election Day Registration & Voting

Voters should be aware that the law allows them to register to vote and cast their ballot at the same time on election day.

Voters registering to vote on election day should be prepared to show two forms of identification. The most common forms of identification include a driver’s license or a utility bill, at least one of which must show your current address.

Under the law, counties with a population of 100,000 or more must provide voters with the option of registering to vote and casting their ballots at the same time in their home polling place on election day. Counties with a population of less than 100,000 which use electronic poll books must also provide voters with the option of registering to vote and casting their ballots at the same time in polling places on election day. Smaller counties that do not maintain electronic poll books must offer election day registration at the county’s main election office or at a polling place in the county’s larger municipalities.

Voters should contact their local election authority if they have questions about where they should go to register and vote on election day.

 

Basic voting rights:
  • If your registration is active and current, you do not need to show identification to cast your vote. If your registration is not active, there are circumstances in which you are required to show identification in order to vote.
  • If your voter registration is in “inactive” status and your address has changed, in order to vote the same day you may be asked to show identification of your current address.
  • If your voter registration is “canceled,” you will need to re-register and must show two forms of identification. The most common forms of identification include a driver’s license or a utility bill, one of which must show your current address.
  • If a voter cannot read, has trouble understanding English or has a disability, that voter has the right to request assistance from anyone other than his or her employer, an agent of his or her employer, or an officer or agent of his or her union (10 ILCS 5/17-14).
  • Voters have the right to take sample ballots or other information into the voting booth for their own use in casting their ballot. Voters should make sure that such information is not visible to other voters in the polling place.
  • If a voter makes a mistake or “spoils” a paper ballot and the voter has not cast the ballot, the voter has the right to receive a replacement ballot (10 ILCS 5/17-11).
  • Voters have the right to take unpaid time from work to vote, but no more than two successive hours, as long as they have applied with their employer before Election Day. The employer may set the time of day (10 ILCS 5/17-15).
  • Voters have the right to vote if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. or at any other time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day (10 ILCS 5/17-1).
  • No one is allowed to try to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place (10 ILCS 5/17-29).
  • Under Illinois law, it is a crime to prevent a person from voting or registering to vote using intimidation, force, threat or deception (10 ILCS 5/29-4). 
More information about the voting process and the status of your voter registration can be found on the Illinois Board of Elections website or through the local election authority or county clerks’ offices.

 

The NAACP and Centric Release PSA Urging Women to Stay Woke and Vote

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Star-studded PSA includes Bre-Z, Logan Browning, Keisha Epps, Meagan Good, Shalita Grant, Annie Ilonzeh, Tina Knowles Lawson, Robi Reed and Keesha Sharp

 

Hollywood, CA – The NAACP and Centric, a BET Network geared towards African American women, released a star-studded public service announcement (PSA) urging African American women to get out to vote on November 8th.The two-minute spot is a collaboration that includes actress/activists Bre-Z, Logan Browning, Keisha Epps, Meagan Good, Shalita Grant, Annie Ilonzeh and Keesha Sharp along with casting director Robi Reed and business woman Tina Knowles Lawson.  Together they stress the importance of the November 8th election for the African American community and call on black women to urge their family, friends, and colleagues to #StayWokeAndVote.

The PSA is the latest installment in the NAACP’s nationwide voter mobilization and voter protection initiative.  Over two million NAACP digital activists, nearly half-million card-carrying members, and 2,200 local units have joined together to make sure that all Americans can and will exercise their constitutional right to vote.

View the PSA online here or catch it on Centric and BET.

 

President Obama’s Weekly Address: The Progress We’ve Made Because of the Affordable Care Act

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This week, President Obama discussed Open Enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which began November 1 and will end on January 31. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 20 million American adults have obtained health insurance, and an additional three million children have gained coverage since the President took office. The uninsured rate is the lowest level on record. Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your preventive care is free; there are no more annual or lifetime limits on essential health care; you can’t get charged more just for being a woman; young people can stay on a parent’s plan until they turn 26; seniors get discounts on their prescriptions; and no one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. To sign up for health care coverage, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

Remarks by President Barack Obama

Hi, everybody.  Americans have been fighting for the idea that health care is a right and not a privilege since the second-to-last time the Cubs won the World Series.  I’m not talking about the 2016 Cubs – I’m talking about the 1908 Cubs.

That’s a really long time.  And thanks to the efforts of so many of you, we did it.  Today, 20 million more American adults know the financial security of health insurance.  On top of that, another three million more kids have coverage than when I took office.  In fact, never in American history has the uninsured rate been lower than it is right now – and health care prices have been rising slower than they have in 50 years.

If you haven’t gotten covered yet, now’s the time to do it.  It’s open enrollment season.  That means you can go to HealthCare.gov and shop for insurance plans in a marketplace where insurers compete for your business.  HealthCare.gov is faster and easier to use than ever before.  With a few clicks, you can start comparing plans to see which one is right for you and your family.  You can even look up your doctor and medications as you shop.  Most Americans who get coverage through HealthCare.gov can find an option that costs less than $75 a month.  That’s probably less than your cell phone bill.

Now, most of us don’t get our health care through the Marketplace.  We get it through our job, or through Medicare or Medicaid.  And what you should know is that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your coverage is better today than it was before.  You now have free preventive care.  There are no more annual or lifetime limits on essential health care.  Women can get free checkups, and you can’t get charged more just for being a woman.  Young people can stay on a parent’s plan until they turn 26.  Seniors get discounts on their prescriptions.  And no one can be denied coverage just because of a preexisting condition.

That’s because our goal wasn’t just to make sure more people have coverage – it was to make sure more people have better coverage.  And as we continue working to make the system better, there’s something you can do to help yourself and help the country.  Go to HealthCare.gov.  Get covered.  And if there’s someone you care about who hasn’t signed up yet, help them get covered today, too.

Enrollment is open right now, but only until January 31.  If you sign up by December 15, you’ll be covered by the beginning of the year.  So go check out HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596, and someone will personally help you find a plan that’s right for you.

Insurance is based on the idea that we’re all in it together.  That’s what makes it work.  And it’s the same idea that’s always made America great.  Thanks everybody, and have a good weekend.

 

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on the Passing of Attorney General Janet Reno

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement on the passing of former Attorney General Janet Reno:

“With the passing of Janet Reno, the Department of Justice has lost one of the most effective, decisive and well-respected leaders in its proud history.  From her years in state law enforcement to her long and eventful tenure as Attorney General, Janet Reno always strove, as she put it, to do her ‘level best.’  She led the department in a time of turmoil and change, confronting issues ranging from international and domestic terrorism to fair competition in the emerging technology sector.  In meeting these challenges, she was guided by one simple test: to do what the law and the facts required.  She accepted the results of that test regardless of which way the political winds were blowing.  She never shied from criticism or shirked responsibility, earning her the affection of her subordinates, the respect of her critics, and the esteem of the American people.  And of course, as the first woman to serve as attorney general, she was an inspiration and a trailblazer for so many women working in law enforcement and government — including me.  The United States is a stronger, safer and more just place because of Janet Reno’s leadership, and she will be dearly missed.”

Disenfranchisement News: How Florida’s Felony Disenfranchisement Laws Impact Elections

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Disenfranchisement News
From: The Sentencing Project
 
Florida

Analysis finds people with felony convictions would cast nearly 60K ballots in this election

Of the 6.1 million disenfranchised Americans, 1.7 million live in Florida. According to an analysis by the Naples Daily News, if Floridians with felony convictions were allowed to register, an estimated 258,060 would sign up as Democrats, 46,920 as Republicans, and 84,456 as independent and third party. The research was based on voting trends from North Carolina’s disenfranchised population, which has a party composition that closely mirror’s Florida’s. In total, the analysis found that Floridians with felony convictions would cast an estimated 58,885 ballots. This is a significant number of votes given Florida’s history of tight races. “In 2000, Al Gore’s loss to George W. Bush by 537 votes decided the presidency. Even in 2012, President Barack Obama scraped past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by just 74,309 votes. Gov. Rick Scott won his two elections by just over 60,000 votes each.”
After Gov. Scott took office in 2011, Florida became one of the toughest states in the country for people with felony convictions to regain their voting rights. So few people had their rights restored during Gov. Scott’s first term that many others stopped applying. Applications for restoration of civil rights under Gov. Scott have dropped by nearly 95% from former Gov. Charlie Crist’s administration.

Video shows how one Floridian lost his right to vote

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with TIME, The Atlantic and the Miami Herald, released a video highlighting the story of Roderick Kemp, a Florida man who is barred from voting in this election because of a 30-year-old conviction for drug possession. Kemp spent just a few months in jail in 1986, and had been voting all his life. In 2015, he received a letter in the mail informing him that his voting rights had been revoked. Kemp is one of 10,000 Floridians applying for clemency this year. On average, Gov. Scott approves only about 400 cases annually. You can watch Roderick Kemp’s story here.
Virginia

70,000 people with felony convictions have been registered to vote

There are an estimated 70,000 people with prior felony convictions who have been registered to vote in the upcoming election, according to The Guardian. After a confusing back and forth legal battle between Gov. McAuliffe and Republican leadership, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Governor could only restore voting rights on a case-by-case basis. . Tammie Hagen, a formerly incarcerated individual working for New Virginia Majority, was one of many advocates trying to help people with felony convictions get their rights restored through gubernatorial clemency, and registered to vote before the October 17th deadline. Hagen estimates that she alone has registered 600-800 Virginians and has submitted “several hundred requests” for voting rights restoration to Gov. McAuliffe’s office. “Nothing can stand in the way of this mission,” Hagen said. “This is about democracy.”
Iowa

New coalition forms to reform felony disenfranchisement

A coalition of 17 organizations recently formed to advocate for legislation, and eventually a Constitutional amendment, to scale back the impact of felony disenfranchisement in Iowa. The Coalition for Fair Restoration of Voting Rights plans to focus first on restoring rights to those convicted of a nonviolent felony who have completed their sentence. Under the proposed legislation for next session, only Iowans convicted of murder, sexual abuse, robbery and kidnapping would lose their voting rights. Civil rights advocates say the current system for restoring voting rights, which Gov. Terry Branstad streamlined earlier this year, remains overly burdensome. “This is a situation where people have already served their time. Justice has been exacted, and people are continuing to suffer the collateral damage,” says Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and member of the Coalition.
Washington, D.C.

Mayor visits D.C. jail to help eligible individuals vote

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Board of Elections went to the D.C. jail to help individuals awaiting trial and those serving misdemeanors cast absentee ballots for the upcoming presidential election. According to the D.C. Board of Elections, D.C. is one of only three jurisdictions that has established a process by which eligible individuals in jail are permitted to vote. Each person is given a voter registration card when they are first admitted. “We want to involve everybody in the franchise,” said Mayor Bowser. Individuals serving felony sentences at the D.C. jail are not allowed to vote until they complete their sentences.
New York and Ohio

Unable to vote, New Yorkers on parole travel to Ohio to inform formerly incarcerated adults about their voting rights

The Fortune Society, a reentry advocacy organization, and a group of New Yorkers on felony parole recently traveled to Ohio to inform Ohio residents with felony convictions of their right to vote. In New York, individuals with a felony conviction are barred from voting until they complete their parole supervision. However, Ohio (a battleground state in the presidential election) is one of 14 states that allow those with felony convictions to vote as soon as they are released from prison. Many people in Ohio on felony parole are unaware of their right to vote, which is why the New Yorkers took a road trip to Cleveland. “I can’t vote, so let me try to encourage at least five other people — family members and friends — by talking about political issues and how they affect us. And why you should vote,” one New York group member said.
National

 

C-SPAN highlights The Sentencing Project’s 6 Million Lost Voters Report

Marc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project, was recently featured on C-SPAN discussing The Sentencing Project’s publication, 6 Million Lost Voters: State-Level Estimates of Felony Disenfranchisement, 2016 The report found that 6.1 million people — 1 of every 40 adults — are disenfranchised because of state laws that bar voting by Americans with a felony conviction, and in some states even if they have completed all requirements of their sentence. Over three-quarters of this population (4.7 million people) are not incarcerated, but are living in their local communities – some on probation or parole, while others have completed their legal obligations. The program discussed the various state laws and recent reforms. Mauer responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from people for and against restoring rights to people with felony convictions, including a telephone line reserved for people with felony convictions.

Young man asks to vote before pleading guilty to a felony

A young man facing up to 20 years in prison asked a federal judge if he could vote before pleading guilty to a felony. “I’ve been waiting to vote all my life,” said 20-year-old Reginald Albright. Albright says he has always felt an obligation to vote because he knows how hard his Mississippi ancestors fought for their voting rights, and what they had to endure just to register to vote. The U.S. Attorney did not object to Albright’s request and the U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. granted him permission to vote. After Albright returned to the courthouse and pleaded guilty, he said, “It made me feel good to vote, to do this one time before it was taken away from me. Maybe I’ll get another chance.”

Wrongfully Imprisoned Music Titan Speaks Out

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Rising Above: Unjustly imprisoned music titan Michael “Billionaire Catt” McCant speaks out – says he refuses to be marred by life’s injustices

Michael McCant aka Billionaire Catt

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Within minutes of examining the facts it becomes clear-cut that his was yet another case of convoluted conviction. Entertainment titan, Michael McCant, known in the music circles as Billionaire Cat, was sentenced to 46-months in federal prison in the very prime of his music industry career. Prosecuted on claims of tax evasion and orchestrating a music industry-related Ponzi scheme, McCant was released in October 2015.

Beloved and revered for his philanthropic nature, McCant has always been an advocate for positive change. Described by many as kind-hearted, over the past twenty years he became widely known for his giving nature – donating to the homeless; assisting underprivileged children in San Francisco Bay and his childhood hometown of North New Jersey; supporting and investing in the careers of young rappers, singers, producers and instrumentalists.

It is no wonder then, that when his own family was faced with tumultuous times – his mother paralyzed after she suffered a major stroke, and his father hospital admitted to hospital due to renal failure – McCant took on the financial burden. McCant would remit in excess of $50,000 a month for his parents medical care. Understandably, over time, despite his financial stability, these expenses took financial toll on the music mogul.

With medical expenses rising, McCant was eventually convinced by one of his trusted friends to pursue a capital generation opportunity. By opening up his private music company to outside investment from several wealthy women – known personally by his trusted friend – and utilizing those funds to host and promote rap concerts, McCann would be able to generated capital to aid with his family mounting expenses, and repay his investors at an attractive interest rate with proceeds from the concerts.

What initially seemed like a viable business opportunity would later lead to a dark period for the entertainment entrepreneur. While McCant never once reneged on his commitment to his investors over the five-year period the investment opportunity was offered, he believes the chain of events which eventually lead to his imprisonment was directly linked to the fact that on many occasions he declined unwanted sexual advances and expectations from his female investors.

In McCants estimation several of his investors may have felt slighted and harboured a level of resentment towards him because he did not act on their advances. This, he notes, coupled with humanities tendency to seek to absolve themselves from wrongdoing, would have led to him being unjustly and unfairly handed over to the IRS and State Franchised Tax board when investigations began.

When asked about the allegations that he duped a multitude of older women, McCant says nothing could be further from the truth. Rather he notes that a review of his financial records and the history surrounding the investment dealings will reveal that:

* Repayments with interest were consistently made to all investors for five consecutive years with no delays.
* No charges were ever made against him by any of the alleged victims for loss of funds, theft, or failure to honour the terms of investment.
* Only four of his investors were slightly older than him.

Considering this, and the fact that he prides himself on being a man of his word, dedicated to assisting everyone he can, McCant admits that the ordeal and his time in prison took a lot out of him, emotionally and mentally. Its a hard pill to swallow, he says being levied unjustly and facing such harsh criticism, enduring character assassination, slander and defamation.

Yet, despite it all McCant says he refused to lose his positive outlook and his zeal to assist his community and people. Now more than ever he is determined to rebuild and to do as much as he can to continue pushing budding talented musicians forward, and to assist those who are less fortunate.

Surely youll want to keep abreast to McCants amazing journey. Stay tuned for an upcoming one-on-one interview with Michael Billionaire Cat McCant next week!

For more details about Billionaire Catt Michael McCantss celebrity portfolio, visit www.behance.net

Photo: Michael McCant aka Billionaire Catt

Comic Strip Artist Launches Jim Crow Comics

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Jim Crow Comics: Is It Something to Laugh At?

Comic Strip Artist, Rahim Shabazz Releases New Controversial Comic Book
Jim Crow Comic strip about Black Lives Matter

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) Usually when you see something wrong, you question it; thats what Rahim Shabazz wants his readers to do. He created the character Jim Crow (a crow named Jim) to not just push the envelope, but kick it as well. Shabazz uses the name Jim Crow in a satirical sense, because to him good comedy is supposed to be brutally honest. His goal in his comic series is to not only inform readers, but entertain them.

The Jim Crow comic series reacts to the overall segregations we face due to the hate, differences, and similarities that perpetuate various modern day stereotypes. Oftentimes, current events (Black Lives Matter, Police Brutality, Gentrification, etc.) are incorporated into Jims universe, because relatability is important when telling Shabazzs illustrated jokes. It is his belief that being astute to racial injustice is not enough to combat its continued existence, nor is division due to ignorance and fear. It is his hope that what were once laws to keep us apart can now be used as reactive patterns to unify and create progressive dialogue.
About Jim Crow Comics

The comic book features the illustrated tales of a talking crow, as he encounters systematic racism within his universe; these strips are parallel to the authors perspective and insight as a Black man living in a self-proclaimed progressive post-racial America. Other than Jims constant battle with The Man (aka Scarecrow, his nemesis in the comic series), Jim tackles current issues such as politics, racism, sexism… basically anything that ends in ism. Jims goal? To free the minds of anyone he encounters with his observations, editorial cartoons and magazine mockeries he illustrates at his job (The Early Bird Times).

Jim Crow was initially inspired by the duality of the American narrative: The Jim Crow Laws of 1877, and the Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century. The audacity and existence of the former, coupled with the independence and opportunity the latter afforded African Americans to cultivate and embrace Black culture, has served as a powerful medium to address current issues. Through the comics evolution, Shabazz has used the influences of pop art to grab the viewers eye, while making a parody of the nuances of race and culture. Mixing current sequential storytelling with the comedic tones of some of the most successful Black comedians (i.e. Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle), hes created a comic that is enjoyable, but seeks to educate the 88% of millennials that engage in some form of social media daily. The comic is available for purchase online at www.jimcrowcomics.com
About the Author

Shabazzs fascination to draw as a child began as a family tradition more than a hobby. Being able to provide visual interpretations for friends and family was his way of easily gaining acceptance, which was essential to being a child of the military. During his childhood, Shabazz practiced his craft, honing in on what he loved most about art: the challenge of replicating the various styles of others. However, as he matured, he came to the realization that in order to be a distinct artist he must have his own style; it was during that time he began redirecting the purpose of his art to be a voice for people who didnt have one. Always referring back to figure drawing and sketching, Shabazz continues to perfect his style by studying Renaissance art, early animated cartoons, conventional comic strips, and human anatomy, certain that there are still secrets to be found in the art of storytelling.

 

Prison Strike Organizer Kinetik Justice Amun Reportedly is in Danger For His life

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From: IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

On October 21, 2016 Robert Earl Council (aka Kinetik Justice Amun) went on a Hunger Strike based on threats against his life from the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) administration and staff. He was transferred to a supermax facility, and water was shut off in his cell in an effort to force him out of his hunger strike. His transfers happened after the media exposed the ADOC during a nationwide prison strike to demand changes to prison conditions and unpaid labor.

As of November 8, 2016, Kinetik Justice is in danger for his life, and organizers are calling for action.

Kinetik has been inside for over 22 years and is a co-founder of the Free Alabama Movement which has organized successful work stoppages to demand basic human rights and has provided education and legal support to hundreds of incarcerated people.

CALL WITH DEMANDS TODAY: Call the Alabama Department of Corrections and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s office demanding 1) that Kinetik Justice be transferred from Limestone Correctional Facility; and 2) that Pastor Kenneth Glasgow of The Ordinary People’s Society be allowed to visit him and assess his condition immediately.

Alabama Department of Corrections
Montgomery, Alabama
(334) 353-3883
webmaster@doc.alabama.gov

Governor Robert Bentley
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7100

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE: 

 

https://freealabamamovement.wordpress.com/

 

http://theordinarypeoplesociety.org/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZuuFZDq9Yk

 

http://youtu.be/7L_h2nVceJc

 

 Pastor Kenneth Glasgow

 Founder, National President

The Ordinary People Society (TOPS)Phone: 334-671-2882 Office, 334-791-2433 cell

 West Powell St. Dothan, AL 36303

 Web: www.theordinarypeoplesociety.org

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Attorney General Madigan Sues Volkswagen Over Environmental Impact of Diesel Emissions Scandal

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America Inc. for tampering with vehicle emissions controls in its 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter Volkswagen and Audi diesel engine cars sold nationwide

 

Madigan’s complaint was filed in Cook County Circuit Court and seeks civil penalties for Volkswagen’s violations of state environmental laws by tampering with vehicle emissions controls.

 

Volkswagen branded the diesel cars as environmentally friendly, but equipped them with software that allowed the vehicles to pass environmental emissions tests even while actually emitting higher levels of nitrogen oxides than allowed under the law. The so-called “defeat device” software causes the vehicles’ emissions control systems to activate when the cars are undergoing emissions testing, resulting in the cars emitting less nitrogen oxide. Illinois law prohibits tampering with vehicle emissions controls. The scandal affected approximately 29,800 cars sold in Illinois.

 

“Volkswagen promoted its cars as environmentally friendly, clean diesel vehicles that in fact, polluted our air and our communities by breaking state and federal emissions laws,” Madigan said.

 

Madigan was among 43 state attorneys general that previously reached a separate $275 million settlement with Volkswagen earlier this year for violations of state consumer protection laws for marketing, selling and leasing diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed software that concealed the true levels of nitrogen oxide emissions by those vehicles. The agreement provides payments to affected consumers, requires Volkswagen to buy back or modify certain VW and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, and prohibits Volkswagen from engaging in future unfair or deceptive acts and practices in connection with its dealings with consumers and regulators.

 

Division Chief Matthew Dunn, Environmental and Energy Counsel James Gignac, Supervising Attorney Gerry Karr, and Assistant Attorney General Angad Nagra are handling the case for Madigan’s Environmental Division.

 

 

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