Illinois Attorney General Says DraftKings, FanDuel Are Illegal Gambling Sites

Illinois Attorney General Says DraftKings, FanDuel Are Illegal Gambling Sites

While daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites DraftKings and FanDuel are hanging on to their hundreds of thousands of paying New York state customers by a legal thread, the high-profile operations are coming under scrutiny in the Central time zone, with the Illinois attorney general opining that DFS sites constitute illegal gambling under state law. [More]

AT&T Expands High-Speed Fiber Network, Still Overcharges In Areas Without Competition

All of the lower-priced areas circled in red also just happen to be markets where Google Fiber already exists or is planning to build out in the near future.

Remember how AT&T made its grand case for the DirecTV merger? All that revenue from the 20-plus million DirecTV subscribers would help AT&T build out a high-speed broadband network that competes with the local cable monopolies. And so far that’s been true with the continued expansion of AT&T’s GigaPower service… except when those established cable monopolies don’t match GigaPower’s top speeds, customers are still paying top dollar. [More]

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The Pumpkin Harvest Is Over And The Shortage Is Real

You might think that lots of rain would be good news for agricultural products, but it doesn’t really work that way, This year, high rainfall in Illinois, the area where most of our pie pumpkins are grown, means that pumpkin harvests are way, way down, and we might have to limit ourselves to only one slice of pie this Thanksgiving. [More]

The students at Greendale are delighted about having access to low-cost Internet -- or at least they would be if Comcast hadn't pushed them off of prime-time TV.

Comcast Now Offering Cheap Internet To Some Community College Students

Comcast, whose NBC network cancelled a beloved sitcom about a community college in Colorado, is apparently trying to atone for that sin by expanding its more affordable Internet Essentials program to cover some community college students in that state (and also in Illinois). [More]

Illinois Can’t Pay Its Lottery Winners Right Now

Illinois Can’t Pay Its Lottery Winners Right Now

Current lottery winners in Illinois might have to delay their joyful reactions for a little while. The state hasn’t passed a new budget, which means that they’re unable to pay lottery winners whose prizes are $25,000 or more. That’s a total of 29 lottery winners still waiting for their money since the current fiscal year started on July 1st. [More]

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Comcast Unmasks Anonymous Commenter In Defamation Case

Do online commenters have a right to remain anonymous? If their comments are possibly defamatory, should the subject of those statements have to prove the defamation before learning the identity of the writer? This are questions surrounding the story of an Illinois Comcast subscriber who, after a nearly four-year legal battle, has been identified as the writer of inflammatory comments directed at a local politician. [More]

An Illinois couple claim they received this rag instead of a burger from a local McDonald's restaurant.

Couple Says They Ordered A McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger, Got A Rag Instead

When placing an order at a fast food restaurant it is, unfortunately, not entirely uncommon to receive the wrong – but still edible – item. However, one Illinois couple visiting McDonald’s this week says that was not the case.
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New Law Brings Happy Hour Back To Illinois Bars — In Moderation

New Law Brings Happy Hour Back To Illinois Bars — In Moderation

What time is it in Illinois? It’s Happy Hour: fans of cheap after-work drink deals will surely be rejoicing in Illinois, where the governor just signed a law making happy hour legal again in the state — to a certain point. [More]

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Strip Mall Next To Dairy Queen Boots Non-Customer Cars, Angers Ice Cream Seekers

The owner of a strip mall next door to a Dairy Queen in Illinois is no longer messing around. When people who are visiting the Dairy Queen in Wilmette make the mistake of parking in the lot of a neighboring strip mall, they’re going to end up paying for a very expensive ice cream cone. The owner of the mall has cracked down on parking, and has started booting cars using the lot. [More]

Weirdly Symmetrical Tractor-Trailer Accidents Scatter Live Piglets, Cases Of Bacon Across Highways

Weirdly Symmetrical Tractor-Trailer Accidents Scatter Live Piglets, Cases Of Bacon Across Highways

Here at Consumerist, we have a completely understandable obsession with tractor-trailer accidents where food ends up strewn across the highway, especially when no one is seriously injured. Yet there’s a strange symmetry to two unrelated accidents in the last week that left thousands of live piglets running from the wreck in Ohio, and 70,000 pounds of bacon strewn across train tracks and a highway in Illinois.  [More]

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Restaurant Owner Apologizes For Asking Breastfeeding Mom To Cover Up Or Move

We support many things here at Consumerist. One of them is the right of parents to feed their infants however and wherever they choose, which includes the right to openly breastfeed in business establishments. State law in Illinois also supports this right. We also support proportionate responses when a business wrongs you. After a mother shared her grievance against a local restaurant on Facebook, the owner claims to have received threats of death and property damage. [More]

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Operators Of “Free Access To Credit Scores” Scam To Return $22M To Victims

Consumers looking for a good deal might be tempted to take unknown companies up on their offer of providing credit scores for free. But those promises can often be too good to be true. Just ask consumers bilked out of millions of dollars after falling for once such “deal”. [More]

Illinois Law Allows Employers To Offer Payroll Cards In Lieu Of Paychecks, Only Limits Some Fees

Illinois Law Allows Employers To Offer Payroll Cards In Lieu Of Paychecks, Only Limits Some Fees

UPDATE: Employees in Illinois now have the option to receive their pay through payroll cards. Governor Pat Quinn officially signed into law today a bill that allows employers to offer the popular, but scrutinized form of payment on a voluntary basis. [More]

Illinois Files Suits Against Debt Settlement Companies That Allegedly Scammed Student Loan Borrowers

Illinois Files Suits Against Debt Settlement Companies That Allegedly Scammed Student Loan Borrowers

We already know that some debt settlement programs provide little relief for debtors, and consumers who contributed to the $1.2 trillion student loan debt tab appear to be the top target for these companies. Today, the Illinois Attorney General announced lawsuits against a pair of debt-settlement companies that targeted, and allegedly misled, student loan borrowers. [More]

This Kmart was supposed to close but has remained open as a "Kmart at a Discount" outlet. (Photo: JillCataldo.com)

“Kmart At A Discount” Store Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Name

If outlet stores for mid- to high-end retailers give shoppers a way to find decent bargains, you’d think that a Kmart outlet store would have some real bottom-dollar deals on items that couldn’t be cleared from inventory at regular Kmart stores. But shoppers who visit a “Kmart at a Discount” location should enter with the caveat that saving money is a hit-or-miss proposition. [More]

Hamburglars Rob McDonald’s, Caught After Crashing Into Mayor

Hamburglars Rob McDonald’s, Caught After Crashing Into Mayor

In a scenario that any number of Happy Meal-raised kids played out with cheap plastic McDonald’s toys on their living room carpet, a robbery attempt at an Illinois Golden Arches was thwarted when the robbers crashed into the mayor’s car. [More]

Why Do People Not Check Clothes For Thousands Of Dollars Before Donating To Goodwill?

Why Do People Not Check Clothes For Thousands Of Dollars Before Donating To Goodwill?

I’m willing to bet that most of us check your clothes pockets for money and other objects before tossing things in the wash or handing stuff over to a dry cleaner. And I’m also pretty certain that for most of us, all that pocket-mining has never turned up more than an errant $20 bill or two. But time and again, people keep donating old duds to Goodwill without checking to see if there might be a few thousand dollars hidden inside. [More]

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Cops Have To Shut Down Pump After $.011/Gallon Gas Glitch

For a few hours during the overnight shift, a gas station in Illinois gave away an awful lot of free fuel, as a screwed-up (or screwed-with) pump was only charging customers a penny a gallon. [More]