Illinois Attorney General's Office takes in $1.3 billion in 2014

By Shaun Zinck | Mar 26, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said on Wednesday that her office collected $1.3 billion in revenue last year.   Contributed photo

The Illinois Attorney General's Office took in a record $1.3 billion in 2014 for the state, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said on Wednesday.


The funds were generated through a combination of collection efforts and litigation, and Madigan said that about $43 was brought in for every dollar appropriated to the office in 2014. Madigan has taken in a total in excess of $11 billion since she took office.

"My office works to maximize revenue to support critical programs and services, and last year, we generated a record-breaking total while operating with the lowest level of taxpayer funding in over a decade," Madigan said. "Given the state's fiscal crisis, we're doing everything we can to generate much-needed funds for the state."

Madigan's office received about $30.8 million in appropriations for 2014, which she said is lower than the level of funding the office received in 1997. About $344.8 million of the funds collected last year came through collections litigation for child support, damage to state property, fines and penalties, and unpaid educational loans.

An additional $317.6 million came in through estate tax revenues and about $306.8 million from tobacco litigation, Madigan said. About $244 million was returned to the state's pension systems last year to cover investment losses in mortgage-backed securities that contributed to the economic collapse in 2008.

About $120 million was secured through settlement agreements, and about $100 million was generated through unpaid gasoline sales taxes.

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