Social IMPACT Research Center en Illinois Poverty Remains Stubbornly High <p>A new study finds Illinois' overall poverty rate is about the same as it was a half century ago. &nbsp;</p><p>The report released Thursday by the Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center says almost 15 percent of Illinois residents lived below the federal poverty line in 2012, about the same percentage as in 1960. &nbsp;</p><p>That's despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people in poverty. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:17:39 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 17942 at Illinois Poverty Remains Stubbornly High