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Poverty's costs are high — particularly for minorities

Chart of children in poverty by race.
2015 American Community Survey
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U.S. Census Bureau
A recent report by a coalition of anti-poverty groups found that poverty is higher for blacks and Latinos than whites.

Poverty rates in Illinois are starting to go down. But economic inequality  is growing between white Illinoisans and their black and Latino counterparts.   That's according a recently issued report by group of anti-poverty organizations. That report also showed that being poor in Illinois is a costly proposition. Food, housing, credit and other things often cost for impoverished people than the general population

For more information, go to http://www.povertylaw.org/about/media/high-cost-being-poor-2016.

 

Poverty Coalition

Maureen Foertsch McKinney is lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers, and covering the equity beat. Maureen joined the Illinois Issues in 1998 as projects editor. Previously, she worked at three Illinois daily newspapers, most recently the suburban Chicago-based Daily Herald, where she served stints as an education reporter and copy editor. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's in journalism. She also has a master's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
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