A lawsuit filed by Illinois’ public defender alleges that the state’s public defender system failed to disclose that thousands of people were married to other people in the state, a practice that the attorney general has now ordered to stop.
The attorney general’s office has also launched an investigation into whether people are being married in other states to avoid the Illinois statute that requires a judge to approve such marriages, according to the Associated Press.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement that the department will launch an internal review to determine whether any laws have been violated and the Department of State Police will conduct a review to ensure all cases are investigated and resolved.
“We will not tolerate unlawful marriages in Illinois and will continue to work to ensure the rights of all who live and work in Illinois are protected,” Madigan’s statement read.
This is the second case in less than two weeks that the public defender’s office filed against Illinois.
Last month, the state said it was reviewing a suit by the office of the Illinois state’s attorney general to determine if there was any violation of state law, but the investigation was stalled because the attorney had not yet been appointed.