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Illinois announces new protections for residents receiving federal stimulus checks

CHICAGO (WREX) — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced new measures to help ensure residents receiving a stimulus check will be able to use it on essential needs.

The governor announced the state is suspending laws that permit the service of a garnishment summons, wage deduction summons, or a citation to discover assets as part of consumer debt collection proceedings. 

These protections are being put in place to help ensure the checks are being used on food, shelter and transportation, according to the state.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also issued Best Practices to Illinois licensed lenders encouraging them to work with struggling borrowers during the pandemic to extend the time for payment, waive late charges, and defer collection measures.

“These measures are intended to assist those impacted by this emergency and in need of temporary financial assistance,” said Deborah Hagan, Secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The state says residents can also take temporary measures to protect their household income for family essentials by considering stopping automatic loan payments and rescinding wage assignments.

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