Poverty a tough nut to crack
More people in Illinois live in or near poverty than before the Great Recession began. A greater effort must be made to help those in need.
This week’s report about rising poverty in Illinois pulled no punches. “Shocking” is the word used by one official to describe the situation.
Fully one-third of Illinois residents live in or near poverty, according to the Social IMPACT Research Center in Chicago.
That number compares to 28 percent who lived in or near poverty in 2007, when the Great Recession began.
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