Is Illinois the most corrupt state in the nation?

Thanks to our history of imprisoned governors, Illinois has a reputation of being one of the most corrupt states in the country. But is it really?

Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald once called transgressions by then-governor Rod Blagojevich so bad they would "Make Lincoln roll over in his grave."

Corruption is no stranger to Illinois politics. Phrases such as "The Chicago Way" and "Pay to Play" are well-known in the Land of Lincoln. 

But Illinois isn't the most corrupt state in the nation. While different studies differ on how corrupt Illinois is, they agree it's not the most corrupt state in the nation. So where does Illinois rank in the pantheon of corrupt states in the nation?



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