The Attorney General is Illinois' chief legal officer and is responsible for protecting the interests of the state and its residents. As an advocate for the public interest, Attorney General Lisa Madigan works to protect consumers, help crime victims, safeguard our communities, advocate for older residents, preserve the environment, ensure an open and honest government, and defend the rights of the people of Illinois. She also works with the Legislature to strengthen the laws to better protect Illinois residents.
Specifically, the job of the Attorney General is to:
In addition, the Attorney General provides services that cover a broad range of issues, reaching every corner of Illinois.
The Attorney General's High Tech Crimes Bureau provides important training and education programs in the area of computer crimes, including online child pornography, online sexual abuse, online fraud, e-mail threats, identity theft and computer hacking. In addition, the bureau offers investigative and prosecutorial assistance with cases and coordinates the Illinois Internet Child Exploitation Task Force.
The Illinois Computer Crime Institute (ICCI), an entity within the Attorney General's High Tech Crimes Bureau, is dedicated to training and supporting Illinois law enforcement and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of high technology crimes, as well as in the use of high technology tools to enhance the effectiveness of their work.
And the Attorney General's office, through a grant from the Department of Justice, operates the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), one of 61 task forces across the nation designed to investigate child exploitation crimes and to provide Internet safety education.