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Bennett warns consumers of coronavirus price gouging and scams

Sen. Scott BennettSPRINGFIELD - Reports of scams and price gouging have hit Illinois as COVID-19 continues its spread. In response, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging residents to file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General to report unfair pricing and other unfair practices connected to the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and giving Attorney General Kwame Raoul enforcement authority. The Office of the Attorney General is directing businesses to maintain fair pricing, particularly on items public health agencies are recommending people use to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Illinoisans shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of the coronavirus,” Bennett said. “I appreciate the attorney general’s efforts to combat price gouging and protect consumers during this challenging time.”

The Office of the Attorney General is also monitoring products on websites including Amazon, eBay and Facebook, and contacting companies regarding ads or offers that may be problematic.

“If you have information regarding potential price gouging, please file a complaint immediately to the attorney general,” Bennett said.

For questions or additional information to stop price gouging and scams, please visit illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

Sen. Scott Bennett

Senator Scott Bennett

52nd Senate District

Years served: 2015 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Chairperson); Appropriations II; Criminal Law (Vice-Chairperson); Higher Education; Labor; State Government; Subcommittee on Capital (AP).

Biography: Bennett grew up in Gibson City, where four generations of his family worked on their family farm. He moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend law school at the University of Illinois after graduating from Illinois State University.

Associated Representatives:
Carol Ammons
Michael T. Marron