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New numbers show that the poverty rate in Illinois is still worse than the national average.  

The poverty rate is lower, both nationally and in Illinois, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers for 2016. But there’s a caveat.

“Unfortunately, we are still above where we were pre-recession,” said Amy Rynell, head of the research unit of the Heartland Alliance that studies poverty. “While, as a nation, we have caught up with where we were pre-recession, as a state, we have not.”

Illinois Issues: Cairo Faces Public Housing Crisis

Aug 21, 2017
Richard Sitler/The Southern Illinoisan

Southern Illinois city's residents grapple with planned closure of public housing complexes.

As the sun set on a recent Friday evening at the McBride apartment complex in Cairo, people gathered in a yard between the building rows.

Young girls practiced cartwheels. Boys played chase. And a dozen or so teens stood around talking about their pride in Cairo: several noted the long tradition of success on the high school basketball court, as well as the love that can be found in this city. Sounds of music, conversation and laughter filled the air.

A recent study by Prosperity Now shows Illinois is in the middle of the pack when it comes to family financial health.

It finds more than a third of Illinois households have virtually no savings. It also found that general prosperity is up since the Great Recession, but is heavily divided along racial lines, with white residents and businesses having significantly more growth on average than minorities.  Senior Researcher Lebaron Sims said the savings issue can be remedied by certain policy measures.

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Illinois ranks nineteenth in the nation when it comes to the overall well-being of children according to the latest Kids Count Data Book, which analyzes the health, education, family, and economic conditions of the nation’s children.

Illinois ranks high in the survey in education (13) and health (10), thanks to pre-school opportunities and the high number of kids with health insurance. But the newest numbers are from 2015 and don’t reflect the impact that the lack of a state budget has had on programs.

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A nonprofit research group says poverty rates in Illinois are up to three times higher for racial minorities.

The Chicago-based Heartland Alliance's research arm released a report outlining significant racial disparities for income, unemployment, birth rates and housing, among other things.

The 44-page document is called “Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty,'' and looks at institutional racism in the state.

The report says unemployment rates are 1.4 to 2.4 times higher for minorities than for whites.

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