Despite the fact that many debt collectors violate rules set forth by the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has no intention of modifying the law.
According to CBS St. Louis, Madigan realizes that debt collection agencies commit egregious acts such as calling the wrong people, attempting to collect debt that has been paid off or calling during work hours. However, because the rules are clearly spelled out in the FDCPA and the Illinois Collection Agency Act, she doesn't believe reform is necessary. Oklahoma businessman Bill Bartmann recently contacted Madigan about reform, because he believes laws should be passed that "make it harder for debt collection companies to abuse consumers," he told WGIL-FM. Bartmann is pushing for reform in all 50 states because he feels the current debt collection laws are out of date, CBS St. Louis adds. He recently spoke with Madigan about issues such as the licensing of collection agents and how to obtain more accurate verification of debt and who owes it. Madigan recommends that consumers who feel they are being wrongfully accused of debt or harassed should notify the AG's office.