Press Release

September 28, 2009


State’s Attorney Glasgow urges local businesses to seek payment for bounced checks through restitution program


JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is making available to local businesses free posters that contain important information about his free Bad Check Restitution Program.


The posters are part of State’s Attorney Glasgow’s campaign to encourage more Will County businesses to seek restitution for bounced checks through the free program. The posters can be displayed prominently by retailers and service providers to let people know that their businesses will aggressively pursue payment for every bounced check.


“Every dollar counts when you’re in business during these difficult economic times,” Glasgow said. “Whether you’re a large corporation or a small shop owner, you can’t afford losses caused by those who knowingly write bad checks for the goods and services you provide. Don’t get stuck holding the bill. Let my office fight for you.”


Glasgow implemented the program in 2005. Since then, he has returned more than $1.5 million in restitution to Will County’s smallest businesses as well as to some of the nation’s largest retailers that operate locally. The program is free to Will County businesses.


The posters include the number to the Bad Check Hotline for business owners as well as a warning that those who knowingly write bad checks could face prosecution.


No taxpayer funds were used to print the posters. Printing was coordinated and paid for by the firm Corrective Solutions, which pursues restitution on behalf of the state’s attorney’s office before cases are reviewed for potential prosecution.


The posters have been distributed in the most recent Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry newsletter. They also are available free of charge at the chamber’s office at 63 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. Interested businesses also may call the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office at (815) 723-1630.


For simple instructions on how to use the program and to obtain necessary report forms, visit the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office Web site at and click on the Bad Check Restitution Program menu item at the left. Or call the Bad Check Restitution Program Hotline at (866) 801-4885.

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