While Illinois unemployment rate crept down last month, the state remains plagued by unemployment in the country's tepid economic recovery. While the federal unemployment benefits are set to run out over the holiday season, a measure to extend the benefits failed to pass with the two-thirds majority required by the tactic used to bring the issue to vote.
Also in the news...
- Governor Pat Quinn may be facing a tough battle to pass the tax increase he believes necessary to combat the deficit.
- Illinois' toughest prison has implemented some reforms, but a recent report by a prison watchdog group says that life at the Tamm's Supermax prison is still unnecessarily bleak.
- Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun officially announced her candidacy for mayor over the weekend, while Mayor Richard M. Daley defended Rahm Emanuel on his residency issue. Emanuel recently took a page out of Daley's book, announcing that he would divert Tax Increment Financing funds to pay for more police.
-Compiled by Louis McGill