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Illinois Poverty Rate Stuck At 13 Percent; Women, Children, Minorities Hard Hit

The poverty rate has inched slightly lower in Illinois but still remains well above the rate that existed before the Great Recession began in 2008.

Updated statistics from Chicago-based Heartland Alliance show the overall number of Illinois residents living below the poverty line decreased to 13 percent in 2016 from 13.8 percent in 2010. The pre-recession poverty rate was 10.7 percent in 2000.

“That means that Illinois has not rebounded yet from the recession,” said Katie Buitrago, director of Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center. The center studies poverty throughout the Midwest.

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