Illinois joins dozens of U.S. states in effort to combat robocalls

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Illinois is helping out with a mass effort among dozens of U.S. states to crack down on robocalls.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she is joining a coalition with 37 other state attorneys general to reviewing technology being developed by telecom companies.

“Robocalls are an obnoxious form of consumer harassment,” Madigan said. “I am pleased to be part of this bipartisan group that will provide people simple ways to avoid annoying and invasive robocalls.”

The coalition of states is pushing the phone carriers to quickly develop technology to help identify and block potential unwanted robocalls.

Other states involved in the effort are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.