Elderly Service Officer Newsletter
Congratulations to the 2017 ESO of the Year Award WinnersCongratulations to the 2017 ESO of the Year Award Winners

Pictured left to right are Jeff Kendall, Ella York, Henry Cunningham and Doug Rashkow.

Doug Rashkow, of the Aurora Police Department, was named the 2017 Elderly Service Officer of the Year. Henry Cunningham, of the Bolingbrook Police Department, and Jeff Kendall, of the Elgin Police Department, were named 2017 Outstanding Elderly Service Officers. This is the 14th year the Attorney General’s office has named an Elderly Service Officer of the Year. Attorney General Madigan created the award in 2004 as a way to show special recognition for officers who have provided outstanding service to older citizens.

Equifax Breach

The Attorney General’s office has received an outpouring of questions from concerned and confused Illinois residents about whether their sensitive personal information has been compromised by Equifax’s massive data breach. In response, Attorney General Madigan is providing updated information to Illinois residents and calling on Equifax to pay credit freeze fees for people with all three major credit reporting agencies, including Experian and TransUnion.

The questions Madigan is hearing most from consumers include:

  • Q: How do I know if I’ve been impacted?
    A: Equifax’s data breach impacts about half of all Americans, and at least half of all adults in Illinois. To find out if you have been impacted, check the Equifax website: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to see whether your personal information may be affected by the breach. Regardless of what you learn, however, the best thing to do is place a freeze on your credit and sign up for free credit reports. Madigan reminds people, “It’s not a matter of if, but when you will become a victim of identity theft.”

  • Q: If I have been impacted, what should I do?
    A: You should put in place measures to protect and monitor your credit. To protect themselves more broadly, consumers should sign up for a credit freeze with Experian and TransUnion, in addition to Equifax.

    Currently in Illinois, unless you are over 65 years of age, an identity theft victim with a police report, or an active duty service member, you will be charged $10 to place the freeze with Experian and TransUnion. See Madigan’s Identity Theft Resource Guide for specific instructions on how to place a credit freeze with Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Equifax recently indicated that the company will waive the $10 charge for consumers who request an Equifax credit freeze in the next 30 days.

    Madigan says she is working with the Illinois legislature to change Illinois law to require free credit freezes for anyone for any reason.

  • Q: I tried to sign up for the free credit monitoring and free credit lock that Equifax is offering, but they keep asking for more information, and I am not comfortable giving it to them. What should I do?
    A: Make sure you go to the following website www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to start the process. Be aware that Equifax is asking questions in order to verify your identity before the company sends you information about your credit report.

Illinois State TRIAD Board

The State TRIAD Board is looking for new members. If you are interested in joining the state board, please email Ella York for more information at eyork@atg.state.il.us.