poverty

Past Due
11:51 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Cost Of Burying Poor Might Shift To Local Governments

Credit Jaegar Moore / flickr.com/97408355@N06

Bruce Rauner froze several state grants in order to balance the budget for the current fiscal year. Now lawmakers are asking what will happen to the people who relied on those programs even after their deaths. 

One of the grants provided money to cover burial of the poor. Under the program, funeral homes provide the services and bill the state to cover part of the costs.

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Statehouse
2:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Funding Cut Leaves Indigent Dead In Limbo

Remains in this potter's field are identified only by a number on the markers.
Credit Jaegar Moore / flickr.com/97408355@N06

Illinois has until recently paid for the cost of burial of its indigent dead. That changed on Good Friday, when the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner terminated funding for the program.

The $9 million loss could push the cost of impoverished decedents’ final arrangements onto their families, funeral homes or even counties. Funeral directors say the cut could “cause many problems” for the state, which is struggling to fund operations through the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

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10:00 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Unequal Skylines For An Unequal Nation

What would our cities look like if wealth was represented by the height of buildings? Here's Chicago...
Over the summer, designer and blogger Nickolay Lamm re-envisioned New York's skyline such that the height of buildings represented the wealth of the people who inhabited them. The art was striking, and exposed the city's vast inequalities. "I feel a lot of people look at New York's skyline and think, 'that's where dreams happen, that's where dreams are made," he says.
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Impoverished in Illinois

In some areas of Englewood, one of six homes is vacant, according to a recent Crain's Chicago Business investigation.
Robert Loerzel WUIS/Illinois Issues

This story first appeared in the January 2014 issue. Statistics have been updated where new numbers were available.

In some pockets of Illinois, where one in every three people live in poverty or close to it, the need is visible in the landscape: empty lots where buildings once stood in Cairo; abandoned houses marked with X’s in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood; families living in ramshackle trailers in Kankakee County’s Pembroke Township.

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Illinois Poverty
12:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

UIS Poverty Series Continues With "American Winter" Screening

Credit americanwinterfilm.com

It’s been 50 years since the war on poverty was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson, but Illinois still has about 15% of residents living in it – the same percentage living in poverty that half century ago. American Winter is a documentary made about families facing poverty, especially after the most recent recession. It’s being presented on the UIS campus Monday night, and a discussion will follow. It’s part of the university’s series on poverty.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Race & Education: The Real Issue is About Justice

School Segregation Protesters

 

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

— Frederick Douglass

 The balls in this Illinois lottery bounced inside a clear bowl as the number-holders anxiously watched. I was among them in a middle school commons in Matteson, a south suburb of Chicago. Our daughter’s number was 10. But would it be our lucky number tonight? 

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Poverty
8:17 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Illinois Poverty Remains Stubbornly High

Credit Georgetown University

A new study finds Illinois' overall poverty rate is about the same as it was a half century ago.  

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.  

That's despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people in poverty.  

Poverty has increased among working-age men and women, and 1 in 5 children are in poverty. It's highest among blacks and Latinos.  

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8:44 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Gates Cites Illinois Corruption in 3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor

"Four of the past seven governors of Illinois have gone to prison for corruption, and to my knowledge no one has demanded that Illinois schools be shut down or it's highways closed." - Bill Gates
Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Impoverished in Illinois: One of Every Three People in This State is Poor

Classie Poe says East St. Louis even has few fast-food jobs
Credit Robert Loerzel / WUIS/Illinois Issues

In some pockets of Illinois, where one in every three people live in poverty or close to it, the need is visible in the landscape: empty lots where buildings once stood in Cairo; abandoned houses marked with X’s in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood; families living in ramshackle trailers in Kankakee County’s Pembroke Township.

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Illinois Issues - Ends And Means
12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Ideas on Easing Rate of Extreme Poverty Likely to Go Nowhere

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Declaring a state goal “that all people be free from poverty,” Illinois four years ago created a special panel charged with developing a strategic plan to reduce extreme poverty in Illinois by 50 percent or more by 2015.

The timing could not have been worse.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun November 1, 2009

Ends and Means: Panel Aims to Free Illinoisans from Poverty

Charles N. Wheeler III
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

The new millennium has not been kind to many Illinois families who are struggling to make ends meet, pushing almost a quarter million more residents into poverty, researchers reported recently.

About 1 out of 8 Illinoisans — more than 1.5 million total, 526,000 of them children — were living below the poverty line last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. The poverty guideline, set by the federal government, was $21,200 for a family of four in 2008. 

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2007

Paul Simon Essay: Burning Question - How to help the poor?

Poverty. It is the perennial question. American Poverty — rural, urban and suburban poverty. Stubborn poverty, the kind that rises like the stench of polluted well water.

Go to 
John Wesley Fountain's Blog
and click on
"Multimedia Presentation" 
to view photos and video.

I stand with one foot in each of two worlds. One in poverty, the other planted firmly in the American Dream. One man, with one soul and one dream borne in two Americas.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Tue May 1, 2007

Editor's Notebook: Do we have an obligation to help the poor? Can we end poverty?

Peggy Boyer Long
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Perhaps the answer might be found in the stories and also in the voices of some Illinoisans who themselves live in the poorest communities in the state ? among the poorest in America." 

John Wesley Fountain

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat March 1, 2003

Out of Hiding: Poverty is on the rise in Illinois and increasingly visible

It would be an easy bicycle ride down Lincoln Highway from the Lincoln Mall in Matteson to Rick’s Food & Liquors in Ford Heights. Just a tad over six miles, though the traffic in this far south suburban region of Chicago would be busy at the start. 

In Matteson, middle-class shoppers buy cosmetics at Carson Pirie Scott, motorists gas up SUVs at Mobil, Citgo or Shell, parents fill shopping carts at Jewel and Cub Foods and executives dine at Olive Garden, Red Lobster or Fazoli’s.

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