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Effect of entitlement cuts on IL poverty

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:42:49 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

As Congress and the President bargain over budget cuts, a poverty researcher is pointing out how entitlement program cuts might affect the nation. Amy Rynell Directs the Social Impact Research Center at Heartland Alliance and says only eight to nine percent of Illinois seniors live in poverty, even though Social Security is still a very small part of retirement income in Illinois...

"For men in Illinois, it's something like an average of $17,00 a year, and for women it's something like $13,000 a year. It's not a huge amount of money, but is enough money for a lot of people to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and meet their other overall basic needs"
The overall poverty rate in the state is three times the rate for senior citizens. Rynell says cuts to Medicare and Social Security could create a lot more poor seniors in the state. She says even as recently as the 1950s, senior poverty led all other demographic categories in Illinois.

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