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Illinois looking for whistle blowers

The state that recently impeached its governor for alleged corruption is asking residents to be government watchdogs.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a new website to report alleged government fraud. He also gave details on the state's Whistleblower Act. It basically says to those who will cheat the taxpayers, cheat the public purse, that if you do that and if you're caught, the damages are triple damages. So whatever the fraud cost the taxpayers times three in order to provide a clear message to those who would cheat the public that if you're caught, you're going to really pay for it.

Under the law, whistleblowers are entitled to a reward if their information results in a successful lawsuit.

For more details, visit this website.

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