How does Illinois rate among other states in cost of living?  Depends on what you measure.  We do great on energy costs but not so well if you’re measuring the cost of a college education. This interactive map is as addictive as it is informative.

http://politics.rebootillinois.com/2014/03/05/editors-picks/mattdietrich/1224/1224/#.UxiAnIWhb-l