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Written by on January 29, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike and Poverty

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The last time the Illinois Commission for the Elimination of Poverty took a measure of the problem – 760,000 persons living in poverty in 2012 – and traveled the state hearing about the problem, it came to a conclusion. Raise the minimum wage, it said, and explained that: COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION THAT WOULD BE ADVANCED— Improve […]

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Written by on January 23, 2014

How Poor We Are – Chicago and the Suburbs

More than ever the idea of poverty as a strictly Chicago story is out of date. In the last decade, poverty surged in the Chicago suburbs so that the suburbs now account for at least half of the poor in the Chicago area. What happened? In 1990, one third of the region’s poor lived in […]

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Written by on September 5, 2013

Where Poverty Grows in Chicago

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In mostly black West Garfield Park, more than four out of ten residents were living in poverty in 2011. That was a nearly 20 percent increase from the start of the decade. In mostly Latino West Lawn, just about 17 percent of the population were living in poverty, a 128 percent increase over the decade. […]

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Written by on January 29, 2013