state’s poverty rate was 10.7 percent in 2000 and jumped to 12.2 percent last year….
That translates into about 1.5 million Illinois residents living below the poverty line, a set of federal measures that means a family of four would live on $21,200 or less.
About 240,000 more Illinoisans lived in poverty in 2008 compared with 2000
“In DeKalb County, we’ve seen an almost doubling of families living below the poverty line
The median household income in Illinois dropped from $60,203 in 2000 to $56,235 in 2008. The drops in income were particularly steep in several northern Illinois counties, DuPage, Kane and Winnebago. For instance, in DuPage County, the median income has declined $10,690 since 2000, from $87,723 to $77,033.
“This data really reflects only a small portion of the recession and we know that the economy got a lot worse since the data was collected,”