A website came out with a ranking trying to find the Most Hated State in America, and so naturally we got very curious about where Illinois landed on that list, and more importantly does it deserve the ranking it got?

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According to the website bestlifeonline.com, Illinois is NOT the most hated state in the country that distinction belongs to New Jersey, but Illinois finishes ranked 12th most hated just missing the top 10. The states were ranked on a number of different factors including state pride, a category in which they say only 19% of people from Illinois have pride in their state, and states that hate your state, a category in which the site only lists Wisconsin as a state that hates Illinois, I would disagree with that I get the feeling that people from Missouri hate Illinois pretty badly too. Missouri, for our listeners on the other side of the river, comes in at 17th on the hate list, so in the top half, to see the complete list for yourself click here!

So does Illinois deserve its 12th place ranking? I think that is a perfect ranking for Illinois on this list, a lot of people don't like Illinois but hate is a strong word... We aren't an east coast elite state, or an out there west coast state, or even a sunny southern state. So you can't hate us for or weather, a lot of states could hate us for our politics, but some other states would support our political leanings, and even though I feel like Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri don't love Illinois, I don't know if there is blind hatred for Illinois, so 12th place is about right in my opinion, what do you think?

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