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Poverty In Illinois Not Any Better Or Worse Than It Was 50 Years Ago

Posted by wlpo on January 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) – A new study finds Illinois’ overall poverty rate is about the same as it was a half century ago.

The report by the Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center says almost 15 percent of Illinoisans lived below the federal poverty line in 2012, about the same percentage as in 1960.
That’s despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people in poverty.

Poverty has increased among working-age men and women, and 1 in 5 children are in poverty. It’s highest among blacks and Latinos.

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