To determine the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 11 key metrics. Their methodology and authors appear sensible and credible.

Source: WalletHub

 

Our major neighbors — Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana — are all among the least restrictive. Illinois is worst on the list, ranking 51st among states and DC for least restrictive.

Why? We explained it simply earlier: Governor Pritzker’s reopening plan makes no sense.

-Mark Glennon

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Corn County
2 months ago

Illinois needs federal intervention

Stephen Peters
2 months ago

Poor me I live in Rockford Illinois and it’s real bad our roads just like so many around Illinois don’t get fixed and they added a rain tax to and its total bullshit..It don’t matter if we have a Republican in the governors seat or not it’s all ran by Democrats! Lightfoot is another worthless pos who looks like beetlejuice but says she says she is in the public so she has to look good.like really nothing about you looks good not even bottle of liquor couldn’t even take care of that!!

Lori Fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Peters

Lori is a great Tik Tok dancer. Lori is sexy too.

Mark Felt
2 months ago

As the former governor of Indiana once said, “Living next door to Illinois is like living next door to Homer Simpson!” I would on a personal note add that Homer has more common sense than Pritzker and Lightfoot combined.

Poor Taxpayer
2 months ago

Illinois is the laughing stock of the USA.
Raise taxes and more people will flee. It is like turning on the after burners on a jet.
Illinois is gone, no hope, DOA.
When you move lie about where you came from to avoid the embarrassment of saying you came from Illinois.

Mick the Tick
2 months ago
Reply to  Poor Taxpayer

Also, wherever you move, your new state neighbors worry that you brought a bunch of liberal crap with you from Illinois.

JustAintThatWay
2 months ago
Reply to  Poor Taxpayer

PT wrote: “Illinois is the laughing stock of the USA….”
Except it’s long since past funny. Not set in stone yet but, plan this being my last year residing the state born & lived in all my life.

Deep in the Heart
2 months ago

JB will want to solidify Illinois’ position as the highest tax state. So after getting the progressive tax the next arrow in his tax quiver will be services. Sure, it will be an administrative headache for small businesses that provide a combination of goods and services, but that is not JB’s problem. His problem is funding the lavish bribed pensions and the 3% annual raises. There are a handful of states that tax services, so it can be done. Your haircut will cost more so the more special animals don’t get a haircut As for those residents waiting for the… Read more »

Wolfnight
2 months ago

No bailout for Illinois. Let it go to the dogs even though I am a taxpayer and resident. Even if monies were given to us, the politicians would spend it on their special interests. I believe and see no evidence that should we be bailed out, the Illinois taxpayer would see any benefit. Taxes would continue to go up. While on the subject of taxes, in Europe and beyond retirement income is taxed, because monies paid by pension plans are not whole in that all $ were not contributed by the individual concerned. So how about this, Illinois taxes all… Read more »

Mick the Tick
2 months ago
Reply to  Wolfnight

That would make sense if all the states taxed retirement income. Since some don’t, it would just give retirees a one more huge reason to leave Illinois. If you think the problem with Illinois is not enough revenue, then please spend some additional time reading Wirepoints.

Wolfnight
2 months ago
Reply to  Mick the Tick

The pension is taxed at source (from where it is paid). In other words even if you leave the state but collect a pension from Illinois you pay Illinois tax on it. That is what happens in Europe.

The Truth Hurts
2 months ago
Reply to  Wolfnight

Sorry Wolfnight but this is not allowed in the United States. Pension Source Tax Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-94). No State may impose an income tax on any retirement income of an individual who is not a resident or domiciliary of such State. Taxing at the “source” is against federal law.

a person
2 months ago

The governor wanted to be #1 in something–He got it.!
Jerk.

Governor of Alderaan
2 months ago

Dictator for Life Jabba has to kill the citizens of Illinois in order to save them

Illinois Entrepreneur
2 months ago

Honestly, I have “outrage fatigue.” Example after example of the leaders and citizens of this state failing to “get it” surface day after day. Yes, the people here at this site get it. But your neighbors, the public unions and all the other Democrats who vote for the party “no matter who” have other interests and agendas. Many don’t “get it,” but many more know exactly why they vote blue. They have something financial that they want. They don’t care about the rest of this stuff. And, I don’t think Pritzker or anyone else he affiliates with cares one bit… Read more »

Daskoterzar
2 months ago

Yep – nothing is much of a surprise…anymore, screwing over the tax payer is, expected.

Douglas
2 months ago

This is a proud day for us comrades! Come, let us worship and celebrate our great leaders (JB and Lighfoot) with tokens of appreciation higher than that of Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx. Let there be threats of gulags to dissenters!

#RecallPritzger
2 months ago

The brilliance of the Founders is evident in the fact that Illinois has been mismanaged for most of the last 50 years, but still clings to some semblance of viability… In spite of the morally corrupt – arguably morally bankrupt – intellectually inept management under which we have suffered, the state persists. Sadly, the inflection point looms… Informal conversations with peers, those who make subsidizing those who take, indicate that the exodus, once a modicum of normalcy is reached (real estate values) is going to increase in pace. Once that happens, the gravity of the bottom of the toilet bowl… Read more »

Marcia
2 months ago

Think about how many business owners have felt tied to Illinois for the sake of their business. As those businesses fail in this lock down….how many will rebuild here?

Indy
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcia

No business HAS to remain in Illinois.
After Covid-19 only the dumb business people will remain in Illinois.
What happens to dumb businesspeople? Just ask the CEO of Pier 1

Greg
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcia

Hi Marcia.

stevet
2 months ago

yet another number one ranking, in addition to the number one ranking on highest taxes of any state…

debtsor
2 months ago

yes, but but but the bad orange man! keep the state closed, keep us safe! Always vote blue!

Treeminer
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

The Federal Government’s primary focus should be to keep us safe from foreign and domestic terrorists. The Democrat part seems to want to make us as citizens “slaves” to governments. President Trump has been the most conscientious President in many years to uphold The Constitution. Individual citizens should be responsible for themselves.

UnclePugsly
2 months ago

It is just incredible how Illinois time and again is near the bottom or the worst in the nation!
Guess folks in Illinois don’t care.

Kathleen
2 months ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

We care believe me!!! We are being held hostage by this tyrant! The only parts of the state that continue to vote democrat are Chicago and East St. Louis. That’s it. But they are the most densely populated (and apparently the deceased have voting powers there as well) so the vast geographical majority of Illinois is unrepresented in every election. We would prefer to eject the city of Chicago from Illinois and let it be it’s one district or state. We are tired of that cancerous leech eroding the rest of our state. We are in dire, dire straights. The… Read more »

debtsor
2 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen

“The only parts of the state that continue to vote democrat are Chicago and East St. Louis. ” This is not true – the Quad Cities is very Democrat, as are the college towns. The Chicago suburbs also went totally blue, deep deep blue, in the 2018 elections, from the top down all the way to the local aldermen. My school district board was overtaken by people who marched in Washington DC wearing pink hats, because orange man bad. The school district board for goodness sake. The park district too went blue, very deep deep blue, with people campaigning on… Read more »

Kay Smithkin
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

The chicago suburbs went blue because of gerrymandering. The have redistricted every republican area in the suburbs with a democratic area from chicago. Look at the district maps.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  Kay Smithkin

Some suburbs were going blue before gerrymandering too, such as Evanston, Oak Park, Maywood, Park Ridge.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago

😁

debtsor
2 months ago

“Some suburbs were going blue before gerrymandering too, such as Evanston, Oak Park, Maywood, Park Ridge.”

Going blue? Evanston, oar Park and maywood were totally blue long before gerrymandering!

Park Ridge is still pretty conservative – it still has a Republican county commissioner, one of only a few left in cook county, and Maine township – which is mostly park ridge, is still all republican. But that being said, suburban woman with short hair everywhere all hate the orange man.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

Park Ridge had State Representatives Penny Pullen, later Rosemary Mulligan and State Senator Marty Butler, all Republican. Mulligan was pro-choice/abortion. Henry Hyde had Park Ridge for a while. Today, PR is Janice Danoff Creamer, State Senators Laura Murphy and John Mulroe/Robert Martwick, State Representatives Don Stephens (R) replaced Michael Mcauliffe, Marty Moylan. Republican Congressperson John Porter (10) had Evanston, until remapped. Then came, Democrat Abner Mikva, Sidney Yates and Jan. Oak Park had some Republican officials until the Cutback Amendment. There was State Senators Phil Rock and Earlean Collins, both D. Hyde had Oak Park until 1982, remapped by Cardiss… Read more »

Indy
2 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen

Cut your losses & leave Illinois.
Or stay and have your life ruined.
No more were fighting back nonsense.

Richard Poo Millersky
2 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen

Some of DuPage County is blue. There’s blue in Kane County’s Aurora and Elgin, Will County’s Joliet and Lake County, IL. 😑

debtsor
2 months ago

Naperville too in Dupage too. The chances of going blue is nearly 100% when the foreign born population goes above 14%, and dupage went that way long ago. Sure there’s still pockets of red, but the bigoted ‘hate has no home here’ signs are everywhere. I explain to my kids that there is no hate in our neighborhood, but the sign is directed towards our family, Republican voters, we are the ‘hate’ that is not welcome in their home. I explain that the people that live in those homes are extremely awful, terrible, bigoted and intolerant people.

The Truth Hurts
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

Do you also tell them that their teacher, the local police officer, and their local fireman are thieves? Make sure you tell them that although their teacher had nothing to do with the current pension funding disaster, you spend hours everyday calling them thieves online.

Treeminer
2 months ago

Unfortunately public employees have been allowed to join labor unions that dictate voting for Democrat candidates. Individually, they’re mighty fine people. But, as a group, they are thieves.

debtsor
2 months ago

” Make sure you tell them that although their teacher had nothing to do with the current pension funding disaster, you spend hours everyday calling them thieves online.” By accepting the pension, and hardly paying any of their weekly paychecks into the pension plan, they have everything to do with the pension funding disaster. It’s disingenuous to say that they had “nothing” to do with the pension disaster. I can at least say that I had nothing to do with it. I was not alive with the pension clause was put in place, I was too young to vote for… Read more »

James
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

He didnt respond not because he thought you were right but that it would be to no avail. You have a particular mindset that simply is set i concrete. Its like the saying that if you have a hammer everything else seems to be a nail to you. Well, you have the “public pension hater” hammer, so everything in life is seen through that lense. You need to go to a place where your mindset rules. FL pays its public employees zip, has low property taxes as a result, and your money goes a lot further there. Get off your… Read more »

debtsor
2 months ago
Reply to  James

James, you need me here to pay taxes to fund your pension. I paid a lot of taxes each year…until this year!

James
2 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

We’re not talking about what you think I need here; we’re talking about what would bring you happiness. I mentioned several days ago to you that you exude anger in nearly every posting. Maybe that’s apparent in your general life and maybe not, but I’ll bet your family and colleagues recognize that in you. You’ve fixated on what you think is probably the primary reason for that, your property taxes being way too high and going for the–your point of view here–totally incompetent, lazy public employees in this state. That thought seems to color your entire outlook on life. You… Read more »

The Truth Hurts
2 months ago
Reply to  James

James it’s not that hard to figure out his problem. Debtsor has discussed how his household income is around 250k per year along with a pedigree of attending a prestigious college. He’s made comments how a couple of teachers in their mid career could earn 160-200k in household income while attending a lowly state school. He has a massive superiority complex when comparing himself to public workers (I’m sure many others as well) and he is having trouble with the fact that these lowly people could make a living that even gets near his level. Then when he sees that… Read more »

James
2 months ago

Yes, I was thinking literallly all of that but wanted to be a little more conservative in how I chose to express myself. I’ve surmised a few other people who have posted here to have that general aura of self-identified superiority, too, but in general they don’t post night and day to that effect. I don’t want to bother naming such people really, but you’re generral description seems “right on” to me.

JimBob
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Ad hominem all the way. No need to decide who started it. Debtsor is both articulate and a good writer. I expect his talent for irony is appreciate by most readers. Perhaps we shouldn’t tag others with porcine nicknames or cast overbroad nets when describing public employees (to which I plead guilty). But on this high-level blog, where the two of you make cogent remarks, I think you should stick to critique of ideas and to facts that can be supported.

James
2 months ago
Reply to  JimBob

I agree if ….. Hopefully you can guess the unexpressed wish there.

JimBob
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Who knows? …. meeting of the minds? Few of us can outdo what CNN and Fox News will say about the presidential candidates. November won’t likely present a choice but a dilemma. And on almost every issue we are ascribing motive which not even juries are good at. In the political realm, most candidates are playing to a single-issue crowd or an uninformed crowd. As are lawyers who address juries or advertisers who appeal to our baser instincts. Every one of us has expectations based on assumptions that are decades out of date. Most of the media and most of… Read more »

UnclePugsly
2 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen

@Kathleen In our last statewide election for Gov, the North Shore and NW suburbs women voted Democrat because they want infanticide – Isn’t that why Rauer gave the Cardinal the finger and endorsed a woman’s right to murder her children? I thought that was the ‘strategy’ of the GOP? It backfired, big time for Rauer and Republicans as many stayed away from the pols. But the women on the North Shore and in the ‘Burbs supposedly got what they wanted, right?

debtsor
2 months ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

REPUBLICANS DID NOT STAY AWAY FROM THE POLLS IN 2018! That’s a myth. Rauner lost only 3% of his voters from 2014 to 2018, roughly 100,000 voters. But the Democrat party GAINED 800,000 additional Democrat voters from 2014 – 2018, with 400,000 of them coming from Cook County, and the other 400,000 coming from various places around the state. Rauner thought allowing medicaid to fund abortions would gain him some suburban women voters. It did not. It didn’t gain him any additional voters. But it did send half of his base over to Ives in the primary. Fortunately, nearly all… Read more »

nixit
2 months ago

I thought we were going to take a regional approach to this anyway? Seems like JB was hoping to lead on this and instead got left behind.

debtsor
2 months ago
Reply to  nixit

He moves slowly due to his size.

Illinois Entrepreneur
2 months ago
Reply to  nixit

JB hasn’t “led” on anything. He is being told what to do and saying, “ok.”

JB Buffett
2 months ago

Not true. Guaranteed he’s the first one in line at the buffet.

Mick the Tick
2 months ago

Once again, every state bordering Illinois seems to do the exact opposite. Take a good look. If you are thinking about leaving Illinois, don’t consider the lighter colors on the map. Go to a darker state.