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Best run states? Illinois #48

SPRINGFIELD -- Low credit ratings, high unemployment and a soaring pension liability are just some of the reasons why a new study ranks Illinois as one of the worst run states in the country.
SPRINGFIELD -- Low credit ratings, high unemployment and a soaring pension liability are just some of the reasons why a new study ranks Illinois as one of the worst run states in the country. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

Last year, Illinois was third worst. We're holding steady at the same spot. It's not a good place for the state to be, but at least we didn't fall lower.

"We're a wonderful state. We have wonderful people. We have a good transportation system. We have a lot of natural resources."

But, there are a few areas in Illinois where there's room for improvement.

"Our welfare rolls have grown. Our unemployment rates are sky high. Higher deficit. Higher debt. It's just chaos here."

That's why a new study ranks Illinois at the bottom of the barrel in terms of the best run states. The Land of Lincoln comes in at number 48.

"We really should be 50."

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R) says the low marks are no shock to him.

"We're a terribly run state. Everybody knows it."

But, the ranking is more than just a number in a list. It's the effect of it all which Mitchell says really matters.

"If you do business with the state of Illinois, you know you're not getting paid on time. If you're a school district, you don't know how to plan ahead because you don't know if the state is going to live up to its promises."

And, he says, if something doesn't change, Illinois will stay at the bottom.

"If you lurch from one crisis to another and things just aren't getting any better, year-after-year-after-year, the General Assembly and the governor's office are underperforming. If you are grading the General Assembly and the governor's office, you would give them a big 'F.'"

The only two states in worse shape than Illinois are New Mexico and California. North Dakota tops the list.
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