People who follow the news in Chicago know it’s in a heap of trouble, mostly financial. In fact, it’s in so much trouble it’s looking for help in the most unlikely of places — the effectively bankrupt state of Illinois.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White isn’t going anywhere, not now and maybe not again in 2022.

The death by suicide of the chief defendant in an outrageous child-sex-trafficking case is an unfathomable worst-case scenario.

Thousands of pounds of destructive Asian carp have been found in the Sangamon River near the base of the Lake Decatur dam, raising new concerns about their presence in Illinois waterways and their effect on native species. Anglers and others have to be vigilant in protecting our waterways.