Posts tagged "poverty line"

Three interesting ways to measure poverty in Illinois

A think tank that works on creating economic opportunity came out with its annual scorecard, a state-by-state comparison of household financial security. According to the nonpartisan, Washington-based Corporation for Enterprise Development, Illinois ranks 33 out of the 50 states on how secure families are in their finances. The report analyzes five areas–financial assets and income,... Read more »

The staggering gap between poor families and housing they can afford

The staggering gap between poor families and housing they can afford
When it comes to housing people can afford in Illinois, there’s a serious mismatch. A new report from the National Low-income Housing Coalition shows that for every 100 “extremely low-income” households in Illinois, only 28 affordable units are available. Extremely low-income is defined as a household with an income of 30 percent of the state’s... Read more »

Illinois may have more poor folks than we think

Illinois may have more poor folks than we think
How many poor people are there in Illinois? It depends on how you count. Illinois is one of 14 states where a new way of measuring poverty reveals that more of our residents are poor. The Census Bureau recently put out a report (pdf) on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, a new way of calculating the... Read more »
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11 facts on how Chicago is doing with jobs, income, health and poverty

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.    

Rags, riches, repeat.

It’s the American dream: start off poor and move up the ladder of success. But no one ever mentions the part where you move up and down the ladder, a few rungs forward and a few back again. But a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau looks at poverty in a new way. Using... Read more »

Nearly 1 in 5 in Chicago aren't sure about their next meal

What are you having for dinner tonight? It’s a question everybody thinks about, but not everyone has an answer to. According to the latest data from Feeding America, 16.1 percent of Chicagoans are food insecure–meaning they don’t always have access to enough food to make it through the day. Even more surprising is that many... Read more »
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What the heck is the EITC?

A bunch of states are throwing around the idea of eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit. Why do they want to get rid of it, and what is it anyway? Today, a simple primer on the credit–whom it’s for, what it does, why it works, and why it’s on the chopping block. More at chicagoreporter.com... Read more »