News Briefs: AG warns about identity theft

October 1, 2014 7:36PM

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan | Spencer Green/AP

Updated: October 2, 2014 2:18AM

Madigan was touring the hospital during a training session for sexual assault nurse examiners but also addressed theft involving credit and debit cards.

“What people need to know is it’s not a matter of if but when their credit or debit card information is going to be compromised,” Madigan said. “So people also need to start taking some basic vigilante precautions over their accounts. They can put transaction alerts on their credit and debit cards so that they find out if there are any unauthorized charges made, as well as reading those monthly statements.

“If you bank online, you should be looking more frequently,” she said. “Anytime you’ve got a problem, question or concern, you flip over your card and call that 800 number on the back and you resolve that. My office since 2006 has had an identity theft hot line. We’ve helped over 35,000 people remove over $26 million in charges from their credit. So if people need help, we encourage them to call. It’s (866) 999-5630.”

Donna Vickroy

Pancake breakfast at Mokena firehouse

The Mokena Fire Protection District will hold its annual open house and pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Fire Station No. 1, 19853 S. Wolf Road.

The public is invited to see where firefighters work and live while on duty. In addition to the all-you-can-eat breakfast, there will be demonstrations and door prizes.

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and milk. It costs $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

Donations for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry also will be accepted. The pantry is in need of paper products, aluminum foil, cleaning supplies, spices, mayonnaise, canned meats, baking products and personal hygiene products.

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Erin Gallagher

Poetry reading event in Beverly

Writers from the TallGrass Writers Guild and Longwood Writers Guild will co-host a reading of poetry and short fiction from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch, 1962 W. 95th St. Admission is free.

Among the participating writers will be poets and short fiction authors who will read original works published in recent TallGrass Writers Guild “Black-and-White” anthologies, and members of the Longwood Writers Guild whose works have been published in “BAC Street Journal” and other publications.

The TallGrass Writers Guild is open to all who write seriously at any level. Information: For information, call (219) 322-7270 or (866) 510-6735 or email

The Longwood Writers Guild is a critique group open to serious adult creative writers. For information, contact Grace Kuikman at (773) 213-7531 or email

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