- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing legislation aimed at protecting Illinois students who take out college loans.

The plan would establish a “student loan bill of rights” outlining information companies have to provide, including on all repayment options. It’d also require student loan servicers to get a state license and create a student loan ombudsman in the attorney general’s office.

A Senate committee has advanced the legislation with Democratic support. Three Republicans opposed it, including Republican Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet who says he’s concerned about some exemptions in the plan.

The legislation follows Madigan’s lawsuit this year against the nation’s largest student loan company. The Democrat’s office accused Navient Corporation of unfair and deceptive practices with lending and debt collection. Navient disputes the allegations.


The bill is SB1351.

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