A new study has proven something many Illinoisans say they already know: Chicago is the most corrupt city in the nation. University of Illinois at Chicago professor Dick Simpson says the 18-hundred-48 felons convicted for public corruption are almost 600 more than second place on the list.

That was the area around Los Angeles with 12-hundred-75 public corruption convictions. Third was Manhattan, the Bronx and northern counties near New York City at just over 12-hundred.  Simpson says the problems with corruption extend to the entire state. Simpson says most of the corruption can be found in two places.


He says there's no magic bullet on corruption, but voters are a key part.


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The study also found Illinois was only the third most corrupt state: behind Washington, DC and Louisiana. But Simpson says that's because DC and Louisiana have smaller populations.


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