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Higher than average corruption keeps 79,000 more Illinoisans in poverty
CHICAGO (May 17, 2021) – Decades of corruption in Illinois has left thousands of Illinoisans in poverty.
Analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute shows states with higher public corruption convictions have higher poverty rates. An estimated 79,000 fewer Illinoisans would be living in poverty if the state could reduce its corruption convictions to the national average.
That’s because corruption hurts economic growth by driving away new investment and reducing the effectiveness of public and private investment. Lower economic growth means disproportionately fewer new opportunities for the working poor. State lawmakers can help by passing ethics reforms.