The bank JPMorgan Chase will pay Illinois' pension funds $100 million under a national settlement. The payment is a result of the bank's misconduct leading up to the Great Recession.
Like a lot of investors in the last decade, Illinois' pension funds had a good chunk of change in mortgage-backed securities. Once the housing market collapsed and homeowners began defaulting, the value of those securities collapsed, too.
The resulting worldwide recession was a significant factor in leaving Illinois with the worst-funded pension system in the country.
Later today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage.
Illinois will be the sixteenth state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriages.
Now, the new reality of gay marriage in Illinois is prompting both hope - and concern - for the future.
When Bill Kelley first moved here from Missouri as a teenager, Illinois was a very different place for gay men like him. Kelley was around when Illinois became the first state to repeal its anti-sodomy laws a couple years later.
Illinois' longtime secretary of state finally has at least one challenger in next year's election. Republican Mike Webster says he'll take on Democrat Jesse White.
White is seeking his fifth term as secretary of state.
He's a formidable opponent, winning each of his four elections by double-digit margins (see: 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010), and once carrying all of Illinois' 102 counties. But he's been dogged by accusations of nepotism, and his office has faced allegations of corruption.
Throughout November, WNIJ is reporting on the state of the Rockford arts scene. The city has plenty of long-standing arts organizations. But there are also plenty of individual artists trying to carve out a place for themselves.
A series of tornadoes touched down yesterday morning throughout Central Illinois. The Associated Press reports at least six people died across the state from the storms. Governor Pat Quinn declared seven counties as disaster areas, including LaSalle County. ComEd crews restored tens of thousands of power outages.
Crossroads United Methodist Church sits on the edge of Washington, Illinois. Pastor Tom Goodell says the timing of the storm may have protected some people from physical harm.