Western Illinois University Researcher Cynthia Struthers says 60-percent of rural Illinoisans believe their economic prospects will be worse in the next five years. She says the state's financial crisis contributes to the poor economic outlook.

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The negative outlook comes despite strong farmland values and commodity prices. The numbers are based on the results of the Illinois Rural Life Poll survey which was sent to eight thousand rural households. Just under 11-hundred responded. Only 16-percent believe economic prospects will be better in the next five years.