Illinois leads nation in number of government bodies, report finds

While Illinois lacks in the quality of its government -- Thanks, Blagojevich -- the state certainly has a lot of it. 

A new report from the Illinois Policy Institute shows Illinois leads the nation in the number of government districts and tax bodies. 

Residents know about state government, their city or town and their local school district. 

But Brian Costin, the Illinois Policy Institute's director of Government Reform, said there are dozens more governments that tax you and spend your money. 

"In Illinois (there are) 54 governments per 100,000 residents," Costin said. 

Illinois, according to Costin's study, has 6,963 units of local government. Texas has 5,147, and California has 4,425, even though both states have more than twice as many people as Illinois. 

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