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Povery level remains the same in Illinois compared to 50 years ago

Illinois’ poverty rate isn’t moving despite countless efforts to change it in the past 50 years. That’s according to a new report by the Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center . About 15-percent of state residents live below the federal poverty line -- about the same percentage as in 1960. The report says the poverty rate is a reflection of the state's loss of manufacturing jobs. It also shows that a higher percentage of Illinois children live in poverty now than 50 years ago.

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