I don't know about 2008, but in 2007 Illinois tied with Texas for 19th/20th place.Illinois has the highest murder rate in the country. There have been more deaths in Illinois this year than in Iraq. Maybe the US should pull out of Illinois.
The 2007 rankings (MURDER RATES PER 100,000 PEOPLE) were as follows:
New Mexico 8.2
South Carolina 8.0
North Carolina 6.5
In other words, your North Carolina and John McCain's Arizona both had much higher murder rates than Illinois. And even Sarah Palin's Alaska had a higher murder rate than Illinois.