Across the world, the drilling process referred to as "fracking" has caused controversy. Some say it brings heavy profits with the oil and natural gas it extracts from far underground. Others say it's caused pollution, contaminated water... and even initiated earthquakes. It's an issue Illinois residents have been largely untouched by - until now, as fracking has recently begun in the southern part of the state.
The economy has proven difficult for many. But one group in particular, returning veterans, is finding it especially hard to locate work. Meredith Colias of Illinois Issues magazine wrote about the problem in the latest edition.