"Voters tell pollsters that integrity is the most important quality they look for in public officials. It's even more important than candidates' opinions on the issues.
But leaders in many states fall short of citizens' expectations. In Massachusetts, the last three house speakers were convicted on corruption. In Illinois, four of the last nine governors have gone to prison. Scandals have shaken more than half the nation's statehouses in the past decade.
The State Integrity Investigation is a $1.5 million public collaboration designed to expose practices that undermine trust in state capitols -- and spotlight the states that are doing things right."
This Corruption Risk Report Card is produced by www.stateintegrity.org.