Top States for Business

15. Illinois

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The Land of Lincoln's infrastructure is best. But the state's finances, while showing signs of improvement, are troubled.

Illinois Score and Ranking

Category 2021 Score 2021 Rank 2019 Rank 2021 Grade
Cost of Doing Business2082934C+
Infrastructure272116A+
Life, Health & Inclusion19824--C
Workforce1911912C+
Economy594845F
Business Friendliness294840F
Access to Capital16035A
Technology & Innovation1141311B+
Education1001033B+
Cost of Living452122B-
Overall13761530--

Economic Profile

Governor: J.B. Pritzker, Democrat

Population: 12,587,530

GDP growth (Q1 2021): 6.4%

Unemployment rate (May 2021): 7.1 %

Top corporate tax rate: 9.5%

Top individual income tax rate: 4.95%

Gasoline tax: 52.16 cents/gallon

Bond rating (Moody's/S&P): Baa2, stable/BBB, stable

Major private employers: McDonald's Corp.

Economic profile sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute (excluding 18.40 cent/gallon federal tax), Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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