IL pensions getting $100 million from JP Morgan

Nov 19, 2013

Illinois' pension funds will be getting a $100 million in restitution from JP Morgan Chase.  The bank is settling with the federal government and several states over its actions before the Great Recession of 2008.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says JP Morgan duped the state's pension systems and other clients into investing in bad mortgages. When the housing market crashed, so did the rest of the economy.

 "These Wall Street banks, all of them knew that they were in fact putting literally lousy mortgages -- unsustainable mortgages with toxic features -- into investments, claiming they were good investments, when they knew, from the very beginning, that they were not going to be good investments."

 JP Morgan's settlement will go to the pension systems for state employees, university workers, and public school teachers. The money is still just a tiny fraction of the state's massive pension liability.  Illinois continues to pursue a case against credit-rating agency Standard and Poors.  The state accuses the company of giving high ratings to investments that did not deserve it.