CHICAGO (CBS) — The State of Illinois is moving to get a handle on so-called “robocalls” that may interrupt so-many of our evening and daytime hours at home, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Governor Quinn signed a new law that requires phones that use automated dialers for commercial purposes to keep records of all the calls they make and justify those made to numbers on the “Do not call” registry.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dry Sunday Morning With Isolated Showers Late In The Day
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking four leading phone companies to help combat robocalls by scammers.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
“Attorney General Madigan is asking companies to act essentially to reduce the number o fraudulent robocalls that Illinois residents receive. These are fraudulent calls that really have only one goal which is to obtain personal financial information from the person on the other end of the call,” said Maura Possley, a spokewoman for Attorney General Madigan.MORE NEWS: At Least 16 People Shot, 1 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
Many of those calls originate overseas and Madigan wants them blocked or filtered.