There are 34 better states to live in than Illinois - that is, if you're listening to U.S. News and World Report's new ranking.
The news magazine's new ranking of Best States puts Illinois at 35th. While the state is 13th for best infrastructure, it rates low for quality of life (47th) and fiscal stability (50th). The state is more toward the middle of the pack on health care, education, economy, opportunity, and crime.
The best state to live in is just west to the Land of Lincoln, in Iowa. The state ranked first in the nation for infrastructure, and in the top five for health care, education and opportunity. The worst state to live in is Louisiana, whose highest ranking was 42nd place for quality of life.