Problems with auto sales and repairs continue to be the most griped-about issue to consumer protection agencies across the country.
That's according to the top 10 consumer complaint list for 2015, compiled by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI).
For a second year straight, complaints against car dealers and mechanics topped the annual list, which is based on the groups' survey of 33 state and local consumer protection agencies.
Faulty home construction complaints were the second most reported, followed by grievances over utility services.
When it comes to the fastest-growing complaints, phony IRS agents and other imposter scams landed at No. 1.
The following is by Dr. Anne Scheetz, a founding member of the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition and a leader of the Illinois chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may seem like political adversaries, but they've made common cause on at least one issue: public employees' health insurance.
Unfortunately, they haven't acted to relieve employees from rising premiums, sky-high deductibles, and unconscionable drug prices.
Instead they've sought to diminish workers' benefits, furthering a trend that began in the private sector and that, unchecked, will end with health care being inaccessible to all but a privileged few.
Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has collected about 30,000 signatures thus far for his petition drive to create term limits for Chicago's mayor and establish an independent consumer advocate in the city.
He needs about 53,000 signatures by December 2017 in order to put the questions to voters in 2018. Quinn's goal is to collect 100,000 total signatures.
The petition drive, which began in June, is averaging about 1,500 signatures a week, Quinn said.
"If we keep doing that, we'll be in fine shape," he told reporters after speaking Tuesday afternoon at the City Club of Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune's controversial endorsement last week of Tammy Duckworth over incumbent Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate continued to draw reaction Monday, with political experts and reporters commenting on the "shocking" decision during a panel discussion on the 2016 election.
Kirk, a Republican, experienced an ischemic stroke in January 2012 and returned to Congress one year later.
In opting to endorse Duckworth, a Democrat, the Trib editorial board cited Kirk's health, saying, in part, that "due to forces beyond his control, Kirk no longer can perform to the fullest the job of a U.S. senator."
Kirk called the newspaper's endorsement decision a "sucker punch."
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