Government programs pulling more Americans from poverty freefall

A record number of Amercians--an estimated 1 in 6-- are being served by federal anti-poverty programs like Medicaid, unemployment insurance, food stamps and welfare, according to USA TODAY.


  • Northwestern University is trying to boost minority enrollment by opening its doors to its neighbors in Evanston and Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The "Good Neighbor, Great University" scholarship program will be for 100 freshmen students from high schools in Evanston and Chicago with financial need starting in the fall of 2011. A majority of scholarship recipients will have their tuition and fees paid in exchange for their participation in work-study programs. 
  • Seventy-one percent of New York voters want developers to move the Muslim community center project's location, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Voters also want the state's attorney general to probe the funding for the project. In all, 52 percent of those polled opposed building the center two blocks away from Ground Zero, according to the New York Daily News. 
  • Chicago State University has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, according to Progress Illinois. The university also has the lowest graudation rate in the state for a four-year public university-- 13 percent.

--Compiled by Rebecca Freitag 


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  • Here we go again with another social program.Name one program that isn't full of corruption and waste.ONE.Not only that but when they are found to be a total waste they still aren't stopped.We are out of money people,out of money!!!!!Try putting some conditions to this money and watch to condemnation erupt.Just look at Chicago State, how many students actually pay for any of that education?With the low grad rate my guess is not many.Stop the give aways and you will see some self responsability develop.

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