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" I am inspired by Nelson Mandela. I was a volunteer teacher in South Africa during apartheid, where I witnessed his success liberating black South Africans. "
" Hard work, careful planning, and realistic financial advice will be required by many to regain solvency. "
" In 2011, when the General Assembly passed the law allowing civil unions, Illinois took an important step forward to recognize that gay and lesbian couples have the right to build lives together and create strong, loving families. "
" If home ownership is the American dream, then foreclosure certainly is the American nightmare. It destroys more than credit. It destroys lives. And its effects are felt beyond the individual family that it devastates. It shakes our entire economy. "
" I often say that paying off your debt is like dieting. There are no miracle cures; it takes discipline and hard work. "
" A ban on same-sex marriage violates the state Constitution's equal protection clause. "
" Most of our children have access to Internet-accessible technology, yet most of us are actually not paying much attention to what they're doing online. "
" There were absolutely circumstances where Sallie Mae was working hand-in-hand with for-profit schools and other schools in offering and putting students into risky expensive subprime loans. "
" I've learned never to say never. "
" Much of the blame for the Great Recession lies with abuses in the housing market - namely the creation of risky and unsustainable home loans that were packaged and sold as quality investments around the globe. "
" Navient/Sallie Mae treated student loan borrowers unfairly from start to finish. "
" Navient's actions have led to student borrowers needlessly carrying billions of dollars in debt, and the company must be held accountable. "
" Do not enter into an agreement you cannot afford. Take precautions to avoid institutional loans with double-digit interest rates. "
" We've done amazing things for the state. Some of them have had a national impact, but I'm going to be ready for some new challenges, and so I'm not going to seek a fifth term as attorney general. "
" Even if you can afford the price of college, you cannot afford a worthless degree. "
" The Department of Education's refusal to oversee and hold for-profit schools accountable is a government-made disaster, and American students and taxpayers should not have to pay for it. "
" I've always wanted to be an advocate. "
" The creation of a consumer agency, structured similarly to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, levels the playing field. It gives consumers a powerful advocate at the federal level. "
" The last thing our children need is less protection. "
" Being attorney general has truly allowed me to be a voice for justice for the people of Illinois and oftentimes the country - and I love it. "
" It is never too late to correct our mistakes. And if we do not, we risk repeating them. "
Never Too Late
" In every community in Illinois, same-sex couples have chosen to join together and, in many instances, to raise families of their own. These couples are our relatives and friends, our neighbors, co-workers and parents of our children's classmates. They deserve the same rights and responsibilities that civil marriage offers straight couples. "
" I've been able to bring billions of dollars back to our state that has so desperately needed it - billions of dollars in relief to homeowners and our communities and our pension systems that desperately need it. "
" Unlike public universities and private, not-for-profit colleges, for-profit schools are owned by revenue-seeking businesses often more intent on boosting their bottom line than educating their students. They use hard-sell tactics to recruit prospective students, and veterans have become particular targets. "
" I initiated the State's investigation of Governor Blagojevich and have prosecuted public officials, including a sitting democratic state representative and democratic State's Attorney. "
" My husband helps take care of our kids. "
" Consumers don't need to be forced to pay billions for so-called smart technology to know how to reduce their utility bills. We know to turn down the heat or air conditioning and shut off the lights. "
" While I have supported marriage equality since my days as a state senator over a decade ago, I have since conducted an extensive legal analysis that has only emboldened my support as attorney general. "
" I feel strongly that the state would not be well-served by having a governor and speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for governor if that would be the case. With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for governor. "
" Stalking is a serious crime with serious consequences. "
" Stalking is a crime that can paralyze an otherwise productive person with fear. "