Two of top five Jackpot Justice venues are in Illinois 

A just-released Harris Interactive survey of 1,482 top corporate lawyers and business executives in companies with annual revenues over $100 million found Cook County, Illinois the most unfair jurisdiction in the country when it comes to getting a fair hearing in court. The survey was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Illinois’ Madison County was also cited as one of the most notorious Jackpot Justice venues in the country, giving President Obama’s home state the dubious distinction of having not one, but two jurisdictions in the top five. Illinois also ranked dead last in venue requirements, discovery, damage awards, judicial competence and jury fairness.

Two-thirds of the respondents told the New York-based pollster that a state’s legal environment is a major factor in locating and expanding businesses, which explains why Illinois’ unemployment rate is now 12.2 percent - higher than the national average.

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