Among states, Illinois' unemployment rate is the third worst at 8.6 percent. But many towns and cities in Illinois have unemployment rates that exceed even that. In a state with terrible unemployment to begin with, these are the worst of the worst.
Illinois saw its national unemployment ranking improve in November from second worst to fourth worst, at 8.7 percent. But some Illinois towns suffer unemployment rates far higher than the state average.
You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.