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Illinois Poverty: Growing Need

The Social IMPACT Resarch Center analysis of Census Bureau data presents a startling pictur eof poverty in Illinois.  The report reveals that the state is sliding backwards in its stated commitment to halve the number of Illinoisans living in extreme poverty by 2015:

  • Over 1 in 7 (1,879,965 or 15%) of Illinoisans live with income below the poverty line.

  • More than 1 in 5 Illinois Children lived in poverty in 2011.

  • 6.9% of Illinoisans lived in extreme poverty in 2011, up 100,000 people in just one year and almost 200,000 people since 2007 before the last recession began.

  • 533.375 Illinoisans living in poverty worked in the last year, 103,447 of them full-time, year-round.

  • Median household income in Illinois was $53,234 in 2011, a significant drop from 2010 ($54,644) and a huge decline of $5,500 from 2007.

  • Income inequality grew across Illinois from 2010 to 2011.

  • Illinois was 1 of only 9 states that had an increase in children living in low-income households in 2011.

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The Communities Program helps to transform communities by giving underserved people access to programs which improve their lives.  The Robert R. McCormick Foundation partners with media outlets, sports teams and philanthropic organizations to raise money for local needs and provides matching funds to increase the impact of charitable giving.

Through the partnership, grants are made to qualified nonprofit organization with programs that help transition low-income children, adults and families to self-sufficiency. To achieve greater impact, the Foundation focuses on programs for children and youth in education, literacy, health & wellness and abuse prevention; hunger & housing; and adult workforce development and literacy. The McCormick Foundation is committed to measurable change and monitors the impact of all grants made.

Since 1990, thanks to people’s generosity and the momentum provided by our partners, the Foundation has raised more than $500 million, provided matching funds and awarded more than $750 million in grants to thousands of agencies across the United States in our partner’s communities.

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The Communities Program and our Fund Partners convened in June for an annual conference to discuss methods for focusing giving areas, raising funds, and building awareness of our work.

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