Illinois AG Raised Nearly $1 Billion in Revenue

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says it raised nearly $1 billion in state revenue last year through a variety of litigation and the collection of estate-tax revenues.

Madigan's office says in a statement that of more than $922 million generated for the state, $236 million came from collecting estate-tax revenues.

Tobacco litigation raised another $284 million.

The attorney general's office represents the state, its officers, boards, agencies and employees in legal matters.

While it raised nearly $1 billion, Madigan's office notes that it operated with an appropriation of around $30 million. It says that was the lowest level of funding from the state's general revenue fund since 1997.