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Illinois poverty on the rise

Thu, Nov 1, 2012

The recently released Census Bureau data, analyzed by the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance, presents a startling picture of poverty in Illinois. In combination with the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty report, released in the last week of September, the data reveals that the state is sliding backwards in its stated commitment to halve the number of Illinoisans living in extreme poverty by 2015.

The Social IMPACT Research Center shows:

1,204,445 people are living in poverty in the Chicago region (a significant increase from 2007).

The four counties with the highest numbers of people living in poverty in Illinois are in the Chicago region.
Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Kane.

In Chicago nearly 1 in 4 residents experienced poverty and over 35% of children lived in poverty in 2011.

Over 1 in 4 children in the Chicago region were living in poverty in 2011 (an increase of 92,462 children since 2007).

Over half a million people (535,670) in the Chicago region were living in extreme poverty in 2011 (This number grew by 119,551 since 2007).

Median household income in Chicago was $43,628 in 2011, well below the national median household income of $50,502 and a significant decline from 2007 when it was at $49,361.

Lake and McHenry counties had the largest drops in median household income in Illinois from 2007 to 2011.

More information on this disturbing trend can be found here: http://www.heartlandalliance.org/research/quick-data/local-fact-sheets.html, courtesy of the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance.

Jim Lobianco,
StreetWise Executive Director

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