the state's crooked political history, it may come as a shock to learn
that Illinois earned the third-best state ranking when it comes to existing laws that help citizens push back against public corruption.
finding is according to the Better Government Association’s (BGA)
Integrity Index report released Tuesday and sponsored by Alper Services.
The index ranked the 50 states based on an analysis of their laws
involving open meetings, freedom of information, whistleblower
protection and conflict of interest.
Despite the No. 3 rating,
it’s not all sunny for the Prairie State. Illinois scored a paltry 68.5
percent out of 100. Overall, not one state had an integrity index mark
higher than 70 percent, and the national average was a meager 55
percent. Rhode Island had the best score at 69.77 percent, while Delaware
was the worst, 49.13 percent.
Andy Shaw, BGA President and CEO,
said it is disappointing to report that all states "failed miserably" on
a basic test of integrity, including an open, accessible, welcoming and
“They flunk Integrity 101,” Shaw said. Read more »