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Illinois Poverty

The Numbers Game: Illinois's 33 Percent

Sid Mohn | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

It's time for the state of Illinois and all state governments to take action. Increasing funding for lynchpin programs such as homelessness prevention and increasing the minimum wage are good places to start.

Report: 1 In 3 Illinoisans Living At Or Near Poverty Line

Posted 01.16.2013 | Chicago

A new report sheds light on the troubling — and climbing — number of Illinois residents struggling to get by. Chicago-based human rights advoc...

Ed Gardner Calls for a Sunday Protest

Hermene Hartman | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

Mr. Ed Gardner at 87 years old, is still quite the man and a Chicago hero. On Friday, September 21st, he drew the line in the sand, as Chicago's black community is constantly insulted with a lack of jobs and business

State Poverty Statistics Stabilizing, But Still Grim

Posted 09.20.2012 | Chicago

New U.S. census data illuminates the number of Illinoisans facing poverty and other levels of financial insecurity as of 2011. The good news: numbers ...

Asian Carp Anti-Hunger Program Launches In Illinois

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Asian carp may be a plankton-gobbling nuisance threatening the Great Lakes, but Illinois officials on Thursday expressed hope in chang...

New Data Shows Poverty Rates In Illinois On The Rise

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

Some depressing statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday show that Illinois is currently home to more poor people than was the case nearl...

Illinois Sees Food Stamp Surge: Record Levels In December

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in Decembe...

New Data: Poverty Up 24% Statewide Since 1999

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The percentage of Illinoisans living below the poverty line rose dramatically over the last decade, according to new census data released Tuesday. In...

Record Number Of Illinois Families Using Food Stamps

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A record number of Illinois residents are now using food stamps, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Associated Press report...

Poverty In Chicago: Recession Hits Poor, Uneducated, Minorities Hardest

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

No matter what multi-billion-dollar corporations might be responsible for the current recession, it is the poorest and most disadvantaged among us tha...

State Poverty Rate Jumps 1.5 Percent In New Census Data

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

New data shows about 240,000 more Illinoisans lived in poverty in 2008 compared with 2000 and researchers say those statistics don't fully reflect the...