Illinois consumers can sign-up online to be placed on a free "no-call" list designed to protect their privacy against unwanted telemarketer calls.
Exceptions from the list include:
telephone companies, banks, nonprofit groups, insurance companies, and politicians
However, if the exempted businesses employ professional telemarketing firms to do sales calls, those calls will be covered by the Federal Trade Commissions list. In addition, the FTC may also extend the do-not-call list to many businesses that are exempted from the FTC list.
Telemarketing firms will be required to purchase the no-call list, remove any numbers on the FTC list from their own calling lists and repeat the process every 90 days. Any telemarketer calling a number on the list could face a fine of up to $11,000 per violation.
To register your telephone number call 1-888-382-1222 or visit www.donotcall.gov