SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — Illinois is one of nearly 40 states across the country looking to get tougher on people who call you with something to sell.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said robocalls are harassment. And she wants them to stop.
Madigan has joined attorneys general in 38 other states as part of a national push to curtail robocalls.
Madigan said the plan is to work with the phone companies and maybe even the Federal Communications Commission to find a way to make sure people are not flooded with unwanted calls.
“We are dealing with the telecom companies to understand the technology, and really put their feet to the fire to make sure that the put in place blocking technology,” Madigan said. “That’s our plan to stop this constant onslaught of robocalls.”
But Madigan said she is realistic.
“We have to make sure that they are starting to deploy [the technology] in a way that will end the robocalls coming to your phone all the time,” Madigan said. “And understand that it will probably reduce, but it will probably not end them. So, it’s going to be a constant battle.”
In addition to Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin are all part of the effort.