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1 in 3 Illinoisans lives in or near poverty level: report
Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | Jan 16, 2013

Posted on 01/16/2013 8:07:57 AM PST by george76

A staggering one out of three Illinoisans today lives in or near poverty — the peak of a continued climb over three decades

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almost half of Chicago's population is living in or near poverty.

In suburban Cook and Kane counties, it's nearly a third; in DuPage, McHenry and Will counties, one out of five people, and in Lake County, one out of four.

Statewide, 31 percent of the African-American population lives in poverty, along with 22.6 percent of Latinos; 12 percent of Asians, and 11 percent of whites.

Of the state's households headed by single women, 34.3 percent live in poverty; as do 8.2 percent of senior citizens, and 20.7 percent of disabled people.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxchicago.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; democrats; democratutopia; globalwarming; hopeychangey; illinois; obama; obamavoters; obamessiah

1 posted on 01/16/2013 8:08:02 AM PST by george76
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To: george76

Of course in America a family can have a house, two cars, cable tv, high speed internet and smart phones for everyone and still be considered to be living “in poverty.” What’s it say about a country when obesity is the greatest health problem of those “in poverty”.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 8:11:16 AM PST by circlecity
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To: george76

Didn’t the gov’t recently move the stakes to put richer peeps back in “poverty” to help increase the body count?


3 posted on 01/16/2013 8:13:12 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: george76

As long as they have food stamps and their ObamaPhone, they be OK.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 8:14:20 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: circlecity
Of course in America a family can have a house, two cars, cable tv, high speed internet and smart phones for everyone and still be considered to be living “in poverty.”

And how much of that lifestyle is subsidized by the taxpayer? 48 million on food stamps--70 million on Medicaid-one trillion a year out of the federal budget spent on means-tested welfare programs.

Yes, we keep redefining what the poverty level is and means, but this is not just an academic exercise. It results in the allocation of federal resources and a federal budget that borrows 42 cents of every federal dollar it spends.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 8:18:01 AM PST by kabar
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To: george76
Three classes of people in the US. One educated but ignorant. Second uneducated and super ignorant. Third insane.

Take your pick for Illinois. We in California have them all and NY is beyond belief.

6 posted on 01/16/2013 8:21:08 AM PST by Logical me
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To: george76

Look who did the “study”. A group that exists on government funds. I’m not buying it


7 posted on 01/16/2013 8:22:00 AM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: george76

The answer is easy — more government spending and a tax hike on the “rich” to pay for it.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 8:23:03 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: george76

If we extend this idea from “financial” poverty, and include poverties of safety, inalienable rights and moral clarity, I’d say everyone in Chicago qualifies.

The thugs who run things are poor in spirit, the serfs under their rule are poor in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is no wonder that The Chicago Way and the US Communist Party have their deepest roots here.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 8:25:00 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: txrefugee
Speaking of Obamaphone. That lady has had an epiphany. She got a job and found that her taxes went up. Watch this. There might be hope for these people if someone shows them the BHO hypocrisy. click here for video of Obamaphone Lady when the lights go on
10 posted on 01/16/2013 8:25:42 AM PST by BigFinn (BigHat wisdom: Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: george76

Bullshit! I worked in a grocery store for 4 years in IL and those people in “poverty” eat better than the rest of us. And they carry smartphones and Coach purses too. THAT is poverty in IL.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 8:26:55 AM PST by conservativebabe
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To: george76
"Noncash benefits (such as food stamps and housing subsidies) do not count."

QED.

12 posted on 01/16/2013 8:47:10 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: george76

People in IL think all they need to alleviate the remaining problems of poverty is more Democrats and more government programs.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 8:48:32 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: george76

This is the same Cook County Economics Obama is bringing to the nation.

Get ready.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 9:02:51 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: circlecity

Love to hear them tell me how the obese live in “food deserts.”

Like the dual claim of Global Warming causing floods and drought.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 9:05:10 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Government programs actually hurt the poor:

Government distorted the health care market and is now working for insurance companies, hospital systems and existing providers: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2012/11/cochrane_on_hea.html

Big Pharma has corrupted the drug process and captured the FDA. Obamacare makes it illegal for the government to negotiate drug prices or for Americans to buy drugs from cheaper foreign sources:
http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2012/11/angell_on_big_p.html

Government unemployment and disability programs worsen job creation and employment opportunities for the poor:

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2012/12/mulligan_on_red.html

The site is excellent and the podcasts top drawer. Download them, listen to them, read the transcripts and pass the info on.


16 posted on 01/16/2013 9:19:03 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BigFinn

“Hypocrisy” is too big a word for the American majority now, but they know it when it is explained in reference to the “rich.”


17 posted on 01/16/2013 9:21:10 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: george76; Impy; InterceptPoint; SJackson; Inyokern; chicagolady; bamahead; EternalVigilance; ...
A staggering one out of three Illinoisans today lives in or near poverty — the peak of a continued climb over three decades.

There seems to be a correlation between state and local government control by Democrats (and RINOs, in some instances) and increased poverty and general decadence in the populations under those governments' jurisdiction.

Illinois and Chicago in particular are just one example. Detroit is even a worse case. California and New York are examples as well.

18 posted on 01/16/2013 9:23:03 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: conservativebabe

The American majority simply does not believe what you witnesssed in the IL grocery store. Their compassion for “the poor” is nearly boundless.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 9:25:19 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: george76

So 1/3 of the people who repeatedly vote in corrupt, tyrannical Democrats to run their state are impoverished?

They deserve it.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 10:11:23 AM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: george76
Everbody in $hitCongo's gots an ObamaPone!


21 posted on 01/16/2013 10:33:27 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: justiceseeker93; george76
I realize that "poor" can mean different things in different areas, but we all know the 'poor' in the United States are well off compared to many other countries. I have an older chart showing Comforts of the Poor. I am in South Texas and our poor people are supplied by food banks and free meals for school children, not to mention what they get from the government.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 2:53:26 PM PST by potlatch (~)
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To: conservativebabe; Theodore R.

I believe you. I once stood in line at the grocery store and the fat woman in front of me pulled out her EBT Card to pay for her load of groceries. The cashier said it was void. The woman took it and reached down to her purse, took out another card and said ‘try it again’.

Now this will astound you - the cashier said ‘sorry, it’s void’ and the woman pulled out another card that finally worked! How many darned cards do they get, one for each member of the family?

After Katrina, many from New Orleans were sent to Houston. They were given money and free lodging in nice hotels for an endless period of time. There were dozens of stories of the women buying name brand purses and clothing with the money.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 3:06:56 PM PST by potlatch (~)
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Whole state run by the Demagogic Party, what a weird coincidence. Thanks js93!


24 posted on 01/16/2013 6:01:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

The so-called food deserts come to pass because enough of the people who live in them steal stores blind such that the stores close down. The people in those communities need to take care of their crime and the problem will fix itself.


25 posted on 01/16/2013 7:57:53 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: justiceseeker93; BillyBoy; PhilCollins

For me at least the state economy seemed to start going south back in 2003 after the rat Blago was elected Governor, and mind you the Governor before him was RINO swine.


26 posted on 01/17/2013 1:12:17 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; justiceseeker93; BillyBoy

I’ve been at or near the poverty level since May 2011. I was laid off since my company (a p.r. company) lost revenue and couldn’t afford to pay me. Many of their clients weren’t able to sell many of their products, so they couldn’t pay their bills, to my former employer. Maybe, my former employer lost too much money because of the large Quinn-proposed corporate income tax rate increase.


27 posted on 01/17/2013 4:23:45 AM PST by PhilCollins
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