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Illinois is 3rd-most corrupt state: study

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A new study from the University of Illinois in Chicago gives a poor rating to the Land of Lincoln for corruption, and an even worse rating for the Windy City.

The study puts Illinois at third place in the country for most federal public corruption convictions per capita, with 2,068 total convictions between 1976 and 2016. That comes out to 1.61 people convicted per 10,000 Illinois residents. Only the District of Columbia and Louisiana fared worse. 

"In Illinois and in Chicago corruption thrived under both Democratic and Republican political machines. They took turns. Corruption is nonpartisan here," said the study released by the UIC Department of Political Science. 

The Northern District of Illinois, which includes the Chicago area, topped the list of federal judicial districts with federal public corruption convictions between 1976 and 2016. It was followed by Los Angeles and Manhattan. 

Some high-profile cases cited by the study include the conviction of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert on sexual molestation charges, and the ongoing case of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria for allegations of campaign fund misuse. 

Read the full study here. 

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