And don't forget its history of Huey Long. Ohio was corrupt because Gen. Grant of Civil War fame put his friends in high places; this spread to Illinois as well I think. A few more states are more corrupt than Illinois, although it still is in the top. There is favoritism in Chicago and Illinois as to who gets jobs. Although it is better in the USA than in Russia. Russia is still in the bottom. You have to realize where we came from (Russia, maybe some Jews just came from Iran also - so USA is better to us and for us than these failed states on the bottom).
Italian FM arrives in Iran to promote economic, political ties (Reuters)
from the article: Israel ranks No. 32 least corrupt country in the world