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" Your mortgage shouldn't have been treated as a wager - it should be a way to provide a home and financial stability for you and your family. "
" Hard work, careful planning, and realistic financial advice will be required by many to regain solvency. "
" My husband helps take care of our kids. "
" A ban on same-sex marriage violates the state Constitution's equal protection clause. "
" Navient/Sallie Mae treated student loan borrowers unfairly from start to finish. "
" The explosive growth of the for-profit school industry has had disastrous effects on millions of Americans and our economy. "
" Stalking is a crime that can paralyze an otherwise productive person with fear. "
" 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. "
" I enjoy a good fight, and always have, and really just said to myself, 'Look, at the end of my term, it'll be 16 years as attorney general, and I'm ready for new challenges. I'm ready to use my skills in a different way to continue to help people.' "
" 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. "
" It probably can take me anywhere I want to be, but I have to be honest, being attorney general is a great job. "
" As I travel across Illinois and talk with people, and as others reach out to my office desperate for help, I am becoming convinced that, despite their rhetoric, many lenders have no interest in actually helping their customers. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I've repeatedly seen unscrupulous lenders use every con in the book to charm and lie to homeowners. Lenders actually paid brokers a premium to put people in higher-priced loans with toxic features, such as adjustable rates and prepayment penalties. "
" Even if you can afford the price of college, you cannot afford a worthless degree. "
" 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. "
" Higher education is meant to provide economic opportunity to Americans - not provide unscrupulous companies the opportunity to syphon off billions in federal taxpayer dollars unfairly. "
" 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. "
" My investigation found Sallie Mae put student borrowers into expensive subprime loans that it knew were going to fail. "
" The last thing our children need is less protection. "
" 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. "
" Navient's actions have led to student borrowers needlessly carrying billions of dollars in debt, and the company must be held accountable. "
" The Attorney General must identify threats to Illinoisans' financial security and take action to protect people. "
" 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. "
" Investigating some of the largest subprime lenders - Wells Fargo, Countrywide, Ameriquest, Household Finance - I've seen how their terrible, toxic loans were closed by any means necessary and eventually packaged, sold as securities, and bet upon until they exploded and decimated our economy. "
" The Attorney General is the state's chief consumer advocate, fighting to protect the financial security of all Illinoisans. "
" 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. "
" Demand to know the school's accreditation. Regional accreditation is preferable to national, particularly if you want to transfer credits. Check with the certifying association or potential employer in your field to ensure successful completion of the program will actually qualify you for that job. "
" I went to law school to help people. "