- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Illinois has made strides in helping victims of gender-based violence but can improve in some areas.

Madigan gave Thursday’s opening address to members of the Midwest region’s National Association of Attorneys General. Roughly half a dozen attorneys general, along with advocates and staff gathered for workshops focused on preventing and improving responses to domestic abuse and college campus sexual assaults.

Madigan says a recently-formed Illinois working group is studying issues including improving how rape kits are handled by authorities and better handling victims’ reports. The group includes Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Madigan helped write rules requiring college campuses to have policies about reporting sexual assaults and notifying survivors of their rights.

Attorneys general from states including Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana were expected to attend.

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