In a USA Today story Illinois is ranked as the third worst run state in the Union:
> Debt per capita: $5,041 (11th-highest) > Budget deficit: 18.5% (9th-largest) > Unemployment: 8.9% (10th-highest) > Median household income: $55,137 (16th-highest) > Pct. below poverty line: 14.7% (tied for 24th-lowest)
Illinois has the worst credit rating in the U.S., having received the lowest rating of any state from both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Explaining its reasoning, Moody’s pointed to the state’s underfunded pension and ongoing weak fiscal practices such as bill payment delays. Only 40.4% of the state’s pension obligations were funded in 2012, the worst rate in the nation. Illinois also had the fourth-largest debt in the country at the end of fiscal 2011 at nearly $65 billion. The state faced high foreclosure and unemployment rates in 2012, both among the worst in the country.
Go here to read the rest. As a life long resident of Illinois I vigorously protest! Illinois has had four governors go to Federal prison in the past four decades. Does that count for nothing? Illinois has exported people to the other states by the hundreds of thousands over the past decade. Our state government has been busily driving businesses away, thus enriching other states. Illinois has earned the bottom ranking!