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Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Let's have some perspective here

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    NEWSLETTERS

    AP / Seth Perlman

    Illinoisians have the lowest opinion of their state, according to a new Gallup poll.

    Twenty-five percent consider the Land of Lincoln the absolute worst place to live, while 17 percent of residents from Rhode Island and Connecticut rated their respective states as the worst in the nation. (The most highly-rated states were Texas, Alaska, Hawaii and Montana; meanwhile, Illinois received a "best possible place to live" rating of just three percent.)

    Between the pension crisis, and the gun violence, and the education controversy, and the general lack of trust in the state government, there's a lot to be unhappy about if you call this place home.

    Even so, there are worse places.

    You could live HERE: