A new report puts a spotlight on poverty in Illinois, claiming one-third of the people in the state are in or near poverty.
The study, published today by the heartland alliance for human needs and human rights’ social impact research center, defines “near poverty” as up to 199 percent of the poverty line.
The report says a family of four is considered poor if its annual income is below $23,021. Nearly 1.9 million Illinoisans are in poverty and almost half of those live with less than half the income of the poverty line.
Counties in Illinois are evaluated using a point system, with a higher number of points indicating a worse score.
Counties that score 4 or 5 points are placed on the watch list, and counties that score 6, 7, or 8 points are placed on the warning list.
Impact says 39 out of 102 counties are on either the poverty watch or poverty warning lists and places both Marion County with a score of 5 and Jefferson County with a score of 4 on the watch list, meaning they need to be monitored.
While Clinton and Washington counties performed well and did not make either a watch or warning list, Fayette County received a score of 6 out of 8 and was placed on the warning list, which means the county needs to initiate corrective action.
The full study can be found online at http://www.ilpovertyreport.org/.