John Ransom

I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. – Jonathan Swift

Even Illinoisans are ashamed.

The wickedness has become so obvious, so entrenched and so brazen, that the state that used to take pride in their corruption, because it “worked,” now understands the Faustian bargain they've made.

Last week it was revealed that half of all Illinoisans want to leave the state.

"Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures," says Gallup, "but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few -- 24% -- feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas."

A Gallup poll revealed previously that by a wide margin Illinoisans trust their government less than any other state in the union.


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According to Gallup only 28% of people from Illinois have a great deal of trust in their government.

The Land of Lincoln is followed by Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California and Maryland-- all of which post numbers from 40% to 49% level of trust by resident.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.
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