Indiana not so corrupt?

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In terms of political corruption, Indiana looks downright pristine compared to many other states, a recent Chicago Tribune story says.

Louisiana takes the cake with a per-capita corruption rate twice that of the rate in Illinois. Our neighbor to the west, of course, is still smarting from the January impeachment of then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich over allegations of abusing his power.

Indiana shows up as best in the Rust Belt, though not by much. Indiana had 1.9 federal public-corruption convictions per 1,000 residents from 1998 to 2007, the Tribune found.

Does Indiana’s relatively clean number sound on the mark to you? Are there other ways to explain this — perhaps that some states don’t prosecute corruption as aggressively as other states?

Other thoughts?

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