Some people in Illinois are being jailed for neglecting to pay their debts. Collection agencies are filing lawsuits to get their money but some people say they've never been notified of an order to appear in court. Kevin Kelly, with the Illinois Collector's Bar Association, says it's possible that a debtor doesn't get notified but that's hardly ever the case.
Kelly says he doesn't know how many people have been jailed in Illinois for failing to show up in court. But he says it's not as extreme as Attorney General Lisa Madigan is making it out to be. Kelly says the goal is to open the lines of communication with debtors and work out a reasonable agreement. He says his firm does not issue warrants in situations where they know the debtor is struggling to make ends meet.
Kevin Kelly, with the Illinois Collector's Bar Association, says this can all be avoided.