The Illinois poverty rate hovers above pre-recession levels at about 14 percent, according to Census numbers released Thursday.
Meanwhile, income in Illinois is stagnant, according to numbers crunched by the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance.
This is likely a consequence of the state's budget woes, says Kimberly Drew, an economic security specialist at the alliance.
“Many of our anti-poverty programs are essentially imploding because they are not receiving funding,” Drew said. “And this has very real consequences in people's lives."