Governor Quinn signs 3 new laws

July 17, 2010 3:46:30 PM PDT
Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday to try to protect seniors from what he called one of the most common consumer abuses.The signing ceremony was outside a South Side housing cooperative for seniors.

The legislation lets the state educate bank employees and others who have financial dealings with seniors. The goal is to spot possible scams, such as names being added to seniors' bank accounts or wills.

"There are many, many scam artists out ther, and with the economy, it's only become worse. But unfortunately, most of the scamming is done within families, and that's what we're finding out. And it's very underreported because elder-abuse can be emotional as well as financial. It usually goes hand-in-hand," said Joyce Gallagher of the City of Chicago Senior Services Agency.

Quinn signed two other bills Saturday. One increases penalties for people involved in dogfighting. The other makes it easier to use Link cards, formerly known as food stamps, at farmers markets.


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