Illinois is ranked third-best in the nation in the latest Better Government Association Integrity Index. The index analyzes state laws that allow citizens to fight corruption, including whistleblower protection and freedom of information. Despite the state’s high ranking, the state’s raw score was only 68.5. No state managed a score above 70.
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“Saying Illinois isn’t failing as bad as everyone else is failing isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of Illinois’s anti-corruption laws,” said Emily Miller, policy and governmental affairs coordinator for the BGA. The report notes that several of the states in the top 10, including Illinois, likely rank higher because years of corruption and scandals forced the government to enact tougher safeguards against corruption.