A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:
Legislation to help deter telemarketers from calling ‘Do Not Call Registry’ numbers
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake) says legislation she passed on April 25 aims to help residents obtain some relief from unwanted telemarketing calls at their homes.
The same day, the Northwest Herald published a story about the frustrations people have with unwanted phone calls in the evening when they are trying to unwind from the day, eat dinner, or put children to sleep.
Even though people are placed on the Do Not Call Registry, some telemarketers are still able to call residents due to some federal and state laws.
Althoff’s measure, Senate Bill 2136, enhances penalties for telemarketers who are openly breaking the state and federal laws by calling cell phones and persons on the do not call registry list.
Consumers will be entitled to statutory damages of up to $500 for each founded violation by telemarketers.
The legislation now moves to the House for consideration before going to the Governor to sign into law.