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Attorney General's Office Raking in Cash

By Chuck Sudo in News on Feb 18, 2011 8:45PM

Photo from Lisa Madigan's campaign website
(Cue the jokes about lawyers in 3,2...) Attorney General Lisa Madigan siad her office raised nearly $1 billion for the state's coffers last year through litigation and collection of estate-tax revenues.

Of the $922 million collected by the Attorney General's office, $284 million came as a result of litigation against the tobacco industry. Another $236 million were the result of collecting estate-tax revenues. And that all goes to the state; Madigan's office operated with a $30 million appropriation from Springfield last year, the lowest level of funding for the office in 13 years.