Agencies Work to Reduce Poverty in the Stateline

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STATELINE (WIFR) – New numbers out today show just how many people are struggling to get by in our community.

The report was done by the Social Impact Research Center out of Chicago. The numbers are for 2012. Statewide, the poverty rate is 14.74%. That’s down two tenths of a percent.

Locally, Winnebago County is above the state rate and has the highest local poverty rate at more than 16%. That translates to more than $46,000 people. However, that’s a 3% decrease from the previous year. Boone County also saw a decrease. Ogle County saw no change and Lee and Stephenson counties saw increase in poverty.

The United Way is just one non0profit that works with local agencies to reduce area poverty. Agencies like Goodwill and the Ken-Rock Community Center, which helps adults with technology skills for jobs. Now, United Way is working on a new initiative to directly help families.

“We will be going directly into the neighborhoods, addressing the problems that are really facing the residents on that ground floor, and bringing non-profit agencies and their programs to the table to help fund and find those solutions to those problems," said United Way of Rock River Valley VP Linda Sandquist.

This is just a snapshot of the full report. It also includes high school graduation rates, housing, and income figures.

CHICAGO (AP)- 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 Social IMPACT Research Center says almost 15 percent of Illinois residents lived below the federal poverty line in 2012, which is about the same percentage as in 1960.

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

The report comes a day after Governor Pat Quinn's call to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour and double a tax credit that helps low-income workers keep more of their earnings.

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