CHICAGO – Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Sen. James T. Meeks (D-15), introduced Senate Bill 1839, which would help protect used-car buyers in Illinois. Secretary of State Jesse White and Carfax are also endorsing SB-1839 that would make police-reported accident information available to both dealers and consumers. A vote on SB-1839 is scheduled for early April in the Illinois Senate, having passed through the Housing and Community Affairs Committee.

An estimated 700,000 cars were involved in police-reported accidents throughout the State of Illinois in 2003. Much of this information, however, is never disclosed when cars are later sold.

Currently 38 other states – including New York, California, and Michigan – disclose police-reported accidents to the public.