The state of Illinois is suspending billions of dollars in investment activity with Wells Fargo.

Illinois state treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state decided it couldn’t do business with the country’s second largest bank after it admitted to opening millions of fake customer accounts.

"Their illegal actions to meet sales targets and compensation incentives is downright shameful," Frerichs said.

He says Illinois is suspending $30 billion in investments from Wells Fargo.

"It’s fair to say this is millions of dollars will cost them," Frerichs said.

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Northern Illinois community members took to the streets to honor local veterans over the weekend.

It’s the fifth year local police and fire officials escorted a motorcade to several DeKalb County retirement homes. 

Residents of the facilities lined the sidewalk as the veterans’ names and service were read aloud. 

Robert Roe works at Pine Acres in DeKalb. He says it's important to raise spirits of the residents.

“We try and do things to keep our residents involved – involved in the community, and recognizing things that they’ve done in their lives," Roe said.

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State workers suing to put an end to mandatory union dues will appeal a judge's order dismissing their case.

That's according to their attorney, Jacob Huebert, who is with the conservative-supported Liberty Justice Center.

At issue are fees Illinois government employees pay to cover unions' collective bargaining costs.

Huebert says they shouldn’t be required; he alleges the so-called "fair share" fees also support politics.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth (R)

Republican Mark Kirk has repeatedly criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's service as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs as he fights to keep his U.S. Senate seat.

His latest attacks come in campaign ads that claim there was "shocking abuse" of veterans, manipulated wait lists and retaliation against "whistleblowers" under the Iraq War veteran's watch.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging Illinois lawmakers to approve a bill that would make it easier for inmates to get state identification cards when they're released to help them get jobs and housing.

Two Democrats, Rep. Mary Flowers and Sen. Kwame Raoul, joined the Republican governor in calling for the House to pass the bill in November during the Legislature's brief fall session.

The Senate has already approved the bill.

Currently, inmates receive a temporary ID when they're released and must pay $20 for a permanent one within 30 days.