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25 biggest spenders: What Illinois counties rank highest?

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By Local Labs News Service | Mar 26, 2018

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LaSalle, Monroe and Pike counties top the list in Illinois with the highest spending per capita in 2016, Illinois State Comptroller financial reports show.

State law requires local governments to self-report financial records each year, including revenue, spending and debt. Spending per capita is calculated to compare budget habits across counties.

How does your county rank?

25 top-spending Illinois counties

Rank
County
Population
Total Spending
Spending Per Capita
1
LaSalle
111,333
$314,580,916
$2,826
2
Monroe
33,493
$93,417,318
$2,789
3
Pike
16,150
$42,380,026
$2,624
4
Scott
5,092
$13,248,414
$2,602
5
Washington
14,154
$35,836,143
$2,532
6
Pulaski
6,161
$14,366,471
$2,332
7
Edgar
18,191
$38,372,388
$2,109
8
Brown
6,950
$12,571,079
$1,809
9
Cumberland
11,253
$19,431,495
$1,727
10
Morgan
35,547
$59,976,532
$1,687
11
Coles
53,873
$90,457,855
$1,679
12
Massac
14,658
$24,478,985
$1,670
13
Union
17,212
$27,743,382
$1,612
14
Wayne
16,423
$26,211,138
$1,596
15
Vermilion
80,329
$119,092,499
$1,483
16
Marion
38,140
$55,672,359
$1,460
17
Piatt
16,560
$21,258,913
$1,284
18
Calhoun
4,899
$6,204,250
$1,266
19
Menard
12,486
$14,576,936
$1,167
20
Alexander
9,327
$10,771,768
$1,155
21
Cook
5,203,499
$5,528,776,406
$1,063
22
Wabash
11,492
$12,038,033
$1,048
23
Jasper
9,592
$9,799,782
$1,022
24
Cass
12,676
$11,797,703
$931
25
Henderson
6,870
$6,032,753
$878

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