Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois' poverty rate continued to hover near 15 percent last year.
to the new American Community Survey data, 14.7 percent Illinoisans, or
1.85 million people, were living in poverty in 2012. That's not much of
a statistical change from 2011, when 15 percent of people, or 1.88
million, were in poverty.
At the national level, the poverty rate also remained fixed last year at 15 percent, impacting some 46.5 million Americans.
nationally and in Illinois, more people were working over the course of
the year, and that didn't translate into decreased poverty," said Amy
Terpstra, associate director of the Heartland Alliance's Social
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