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McLean county poverty rate exceeds state average

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:35:02 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger


The McLean County poverty level is higher than the state average, according to a Chicago based research center. Heartland Alliance Social Impact and Research Director Amy Rynell says almost 16 percent of families in McLean County are living on 18 thousand dollars or less. Rynell says the state level budget crisis hinders a county's ability to reduce the poverty hole...

   

Rynell says about 533,000 people in Illinois who live below the poverty line are still working. Which, she says, speaks to the quality of wages and number of hours people are offered at jobs. Rynell says poverty was on the rise before the recession and state level cuts have negatively impacted lower income families.

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