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America's Top States For Business 2012

#26 Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Hisham Ibrahim | Photographer's Choice | Getty Images
Chicago, Illinois
Category
Score
2012 Rank
2011 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 181 26 24
Workforce 154 32 45
Quality of Life 166 31 28
Infrastructure & Transportation 200 16 6
Economy 86 45 32
Education 136 17 29
Technology & Innovation 185 4 6
Business Friendliness 45 46 36
Access to Capital 76 11 5
Cost of Living 33 18 20
OVERALL 1262 26 22

ECONOMIC PROFILE

Governor: Pat Quinn (D)

Population: 12,869,257

GDP (per capita): $45,231

Number of S&P companies: 32

Top corporate tax rate: 9.5 percent

Top individual tax rate: 5.0 percent w/ modification

Gasoline taxes/fees: 44.4 cents

Bond Rating/Outlook: A2/Stable

SAT scores (average): 1807/2400

Degree Granting Institutions (colleges/universities): 181

Sources: Census Bureau (2011), Standard & Poor's (2012), Tax Foundation (2012), American Petroleum Institute (2012), Bureau Labor Statistics (2011), National Center For Education Statistics (2011), Moody's (2012), CNBC

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