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IBD | Obama’s Illinois Downgrade Makes It America’s Greece

Inability or unwillingness to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system and  curb union power has led a major credit rating service to downgrade the Land of Lincoln’s rating to  the lowest in the nation.

On Friday, the bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s  credit level again, to A-, putting Illinois’ on par with California. No,  actually below California, for S&P gives California a positive outlook.

Illinois’ fragile overall financial status netted it a negative outlook,  putting it behind California overall. The ratings came out now because Illinois  plans to issue $500 million in bonds within days.

Moody’s already ranks Illinois 50th among the states, and Fitch ranks the  state 49th but warns of a negative watch.

Moody’s A2 ranking places it even with Botswana, a southern African nation  that is 70% desert, in what is the latest fallout over the $96.8 billion  unfunded debt to five state pension systems.


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