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Friday, December 9

2011 Report on Illinois Poverty Finds Poverty Worse in Illinois Today than During the Recession

Social Impact Research Center, Heartland Alliance

The Social IMPACT Research Center released the 2011 Report on Illinois Poverty on Friday, December 9. In the report, IMPACT documents hardship across a variety of indicators including income, employment, housing, and assets.

This year’s annual Report on Illinois Poverty finds that the post-recession period has seen no gains for struggling Illinois families. In fact, poverty is at its highest point in decades.

  • Poverty is worse in Illinois today than during the recession, and grew from pre- to post-recession by 16 percent.
  • At least 1 in 10 people live in poverty in 85 of Illinois’ 102 counties.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 Illinoisans are now considered poor or low-income.

Experiences of struggling Illinoisans are highlighted throughout the report. Click HERE to read the full report on how poverty is impacting different populations, and explore county-level data to see how poverty is impacting different areas of the state.

Posted on 12/09/11 at 03:35 PM


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