Illinois Attorney General Kids' Page
What Does the Attorney General Do?

The Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the state. Very often, the Attorney General is referred to as the "People's Lawyer" because she represents the people of the state of Illinois.
The job of the Attorney General is to:

  • Advocate on behalf of all of the people of Illinois.
  • Work with the members of the General Assembly to push for new laws.
  • Go to court to make sure that state laws are followed and respected.

The Attorney General's Office:

  • Provides legal advice to the Governor and to state agencies.
  • Enforces laws that protect the environment and Illinois' natural resources.
  • Enforces laws that protect Illinois consumers.
  • Enforces civil rights laws to protect against discrimination.
  • Helps the men and women who served in the Armed Forces get the benefits they have earned by serving our country.
  • Works with police and other law enforcement agencies to help solve crimes.
  • Works with members of the General Assembly in Springfield to pass laws that improve the lives of Illinois citizens.
  • Investigates crime in government.