Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) is encouraging citizens to stay informed and get involved in the fight to change the state's legal climate.

"Even with an uncertain national economy, Illinois should be a leader in the Midwest in terms of attracting jobs and opportunities," said Travis Akin, I-LAW Executive Director. "Sadly, Illinois is lagging behind."

The grassroots group is observing Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Oct. 6-10.

I-LAW will be traveling across the state to meet with local leaders about the need to stop lawsuit abuse.

Akin said that mayors across the state will be issuing proclamations which call attention to the large amounts of money municipalities spend fighting frivolous lawsuits.

"Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week comes at a crucial time for Illinois," Akin said.

"The Illinois Supreme Court is poised to issue a ruling on the medical malpractice reform law approved in 2005," he said in a press release.

"There also is evidence of out-of-state lawyers coming to Illinois to go to local police stations to get information from crash reports as a means of soliciting potential clients. We need Illinois residents to get involved in this fight now more than ever and bringing these individuals to the battle is what Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week is all about."

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