Illinois is ranked the third most-corrupt state in the United States, trailing only Rhode Island and Kentucky. That corruption is costing us big money and opportunities.

Consider this, from Illinois Policy:

Corruption leading to federal investigations, indictments and convictions of elected officials have cost Illinoisans more than $9.9 billion in foregone economic activity from 2000 to 2017. That means corrupt activity prevents the private sector from adding at least $550 million to the economy each year. Compared to the other five biggest states in the nation, Illinois has the slowest economic growth and the highest levels of corruption.

Austin Berg, Director of Content Strategy for Illinois Policy, joined the WROK Morning Show to discuss corruption in Illinois, and what can be done to get it under control:

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