Report: 1 in 3 residents living in or near poverty
Employment, wages not meeting demands of higher cost of living
CHICAGO (AP) – One-third of Illinois residents are living in or near poverty, more than during the depths of the Great Recession, according to a new report that suggests the trend is not slowing and that state budget cuts have exacerbated the problem.
Nearly 1.9 million Illinoisans, or 15 percent, live in poverty, up from 12 percent when the recession began in late 2007. An additional 2.2 million, or 18 percent, are close to the poverty level, compared with 16.2 percent in 2007, according to the report issued Wednesday by the Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center.
“It really is kind of shocking that a full third of the state is struggling,” said Amy Terpstra, the center’s associate director.
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