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  North Dakota tops analysis of corruption
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Last EditedDFWDem  Dec 11, 2008 11:06am
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MediaNewspaper - USA Today
News DateThursday, December 11, 2008 05:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy John Fritze, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Its largest city is legendary for machine-style politics and its elected leaders have been under investigation for years, but by one measure, Illinois is not even close to the nation's most-corrupt state.

North Dakota, it turns out, may hold that distinction instead.

Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday after a wiretap allegedly recorded him scheming to make money on his appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama. Blagojevich, a Democrat, ran for election in part on cleaning up after his predecessor, Republican George Ryan, who was convicted in 2006 of racketeering, bribery and extortion.
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