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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Illinois in top 10 for worst state budget

November 11, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Well, well. Illinois has once again made a Top 10 list of dishonor. The latest is the list of 10 states “whose budgets are most at risk in the coming year, according a report released Wednesday by the Pew Center on the States.”

Categories listed show the change in tax revenue followed by the change in the unemployment rate from 2008 to 2009, the most recent figures available. The Pew Center also includes a grade from its Government Performance Project on how well each state manages its money. A national figure is included:

State Tax revenue Unemployment rate Money management
change 2008-2009 change 2008-2009 grade
California -16.2 percent +4.6 percentage points D+
Arizona -16.5 percent +3.0 percentage points C+
Rhode Island -12.5 percent +4.5 percentage points D+
Michigan -16.5 percent +6.0 percentage points C+
Oregon -19.0 percent +6.4 percentage points C+
Nevada +1.5 percent +5.2 percentage points C+
Florida -11.5 percent +4.4 percentage points B-
New Jersey -15.8 percent +3.7 percentage points C-
Illinois -10.9 percent +3.5 percentage points C-
Wisconsin -11.2 percent +4.4 percentage points C+

U.S. -11.7 percent +4.4 percent B-


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