When you type the phrase "Why is Illinois" into Google, the search engine auto-populates suggested phrases to fill in the rest.
The most popular suggested phrase is "Why is Illinois so corrupt?'
If Google believes Illinois is synonymous with corruption, it must be true, right? Right. In fact, we don't even need Google to tell us how linked our state is with corruption. Four of our last seven governors have been imprisoned...one of them is still sitting in prison.
But even with our propensity for having former governors go to jail, does that make Illinois the most corrupt state in the nation?
According to a study of the most corrupt states in the country from Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong, Illinois ranks in the top five of the most corrupt states...but is it number one?
It might be deserving of the number one ranking just based on some of the corrupt politicians we have had in this state. Sometimes, what comes out of the mouths of these politicians is "[bleeping] golden." Here are some of the more outrageous comments made by corrupt Illinois politicians.