Poor by Comparison: Report on Illinois Poverty

How Does Your County Fare?

As we strive to help Illinois rise to the top, it’s paramount to look at poverty not only at the national and state levels, but also locally. This Well-Being Index highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment, teen births, and high school graduation.

County Fact Sheets
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County has an indicator score of 4 or 5 and needs to be monitored.

County has an indicator score of 6, 7, or 8 and needs to initiate corrective action.

Hear from witnesses to poverty across the state.

We gratefully acknowledge The Chicago Community Trust and The Libra Foundation for their support of our poverty research, communications, and education efforts.

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