Dead Last: Illinois Ranks 50th in the Nation for Fiscal Health

The Illinois economy has not looked incredibly bright this past year-- and that's an understatement. According to a statistical analysis about fiscal health posted by The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Illinois has a fiscal health well below the national average. In fact, according to the aggregation of five separate categories, Illinois places in dead last.


This map shows the highest ranking states in blue and the lowest ranking states in pink, both in order from darkest to lightest (dark blue being the best and dark pink being the worst).

In order to discern whether each state suffers from long term or short term financial peril, the study looks at five main components of financial stability.

To find out how Illinois ranks within cash solvency, budget solvency, service-level solvency, trust fund solvency, and long-run solvency; also read more about Illinois fiscal health, check out Reboot Illinois.