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Saturday, July 4

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The Illinois Public Interest Research Group released its annual report on toxic and potentially dangerous toys -- and for the first time included loud toys on the list.

Here's the Illinois PIRG report. The toy list starts on page 17.

Illinois PIRG Trouble in Toyland

The Illinois Attorney General's Office also released its safe shopping guide [PDF] this week, alerting consumers to recalled toys that may still be found in some stores or resale shops.

2011 Safe Shopping Guide.

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