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Illinois

Rank: 7 (Previous Rank: 14)
Budget gap (as a % of the total budget): 13.40%
Total gap: $3.8 billion
Gap before budget was approved: $1.8 billion
Additional midyear gap: $2.0 billion

lllinois cut funding for child welfare, mental health, youth services, and other programs. It laid off hundreds of workers and proposed closing many parks and historic sites. President-elect Barack Obama, send help!