"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.