Results Champion?: NO
Illinois has above average outcomes in economic and education goal areas. The state is a growth area, with top 10 rankings in GDP, job growth, new firm generation, and venture capital dollars. The state also stands out in several government measures. The state takes comparatively little aid from the federal government. Compared to the size of the population, the state also has a small government, and seeming can do more with fewer public sector employees.
Despite positive scores in these areas, Illinois is not without some problems. Persistent unemployment rates are one factor. Carbon dioxide emissions are another. Importantly, the state suffers from government fiscal instability. Illinois has low outcomes measures in level of debt, funding of pension system, and credit rating. Rate of violent crimes is below average as well.
Addressing the fiscal situation in Illinois is important. Raising tax burden on citizens may not be an advisable solution as the state’s ranking in that area teeters in 38th place. Government spending is not an issue for Illinois at this time, but continuing debt and interest on this debt would force this outcome lower in the rankings. The state should also address the below average outcomes in public health as well as infrastructure.