Illinois’ attorney general is urging other attorneys general to join her in opposition to legislation pending in Washington. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a federal proposal would allow automated calls to consumer’s cell phones.

“It would open up the floodgates to telemarketers and debt collectors to all at all hours of the day and prevent my office and other attorneys general from enforcing strong laws that have previously banned this practice of robo-calling,” Madigan said.

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Those in favor of the legislation say it’s overdue as the trend of canceling home service in favor of a cell phone grows in popularity. But Madigan says over 9 million Illinois home phones are registered with the federal do not call list, which prevents unsolicited calls to one’s home, proof that many Illinoisans still have hard line home phones and don’t want to be solicited.

(Illinois Radio Network