African Americans in Chicago suffer from high rates of HIV/AIDS, diabetes and hypertension, as well as childhood obesity and infant mortality. Because they’re disproportionately low-income, they are less likely to have health insurance, and even fewer have dental coverage, according to a fact sheet produced by chief medical officer of the Cook County Department of... Read more »
Are you sad because you’re poor or poor because you’re sad? We don’t really know. But a new Gallup Wellbeing report on chronic health problems shows that Americans living in poverty are nearly twice as likely to have been diagnosed with depression, and more likely to suffer from a host of other ailments — asthma,... Read more »
2011 may be so last year, but the facts about how we lived are just rolling in. Here are eleven about Chicago’s economy in 2011.
State lawmakers will convene in Springfield on Aug. 17 for a one-day special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn to persuade them to pass “comprehensive” pension reform legislation. Little is expected to come of the one-day session, though. Democrats likely don’t want to pass legislation that will upset unions and labor organizations–big campaign donors–during an... Read more »
If you had three meals today, count your blessings. The workers who got the food to your plate might not have been so lucky. The Food Chain Workers Alliance released a report this week that says 87 percent of workers in the food system–from farm hands to grocery store clerks to waiters–make low or poverty-level... Read more »
While many have called this decade’s economic downturn a “mancession,” because of how men have been hit by the crisis, women and children are still bearing the brunt of the nation’s poverty problem, census data show. The poverty rate among women was 14.5 percent in 2010, up from 13.9 percent in 2009. Like the nation’s... Read more »