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More Illinois families living in poverty

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UNDATED (WREX) - The number of families living in poverty in Illinois is growing with no end in sight.

New data shows about 240,000 more families lived in poverty in 2008 than in 2000 and experts say the worst is yet to come because those numbers don't fully reflect the affects of the recession.

Illinois' poverty rate was 12.2% in 2008, up from 10.7% in 2000. The median household income in Illinois dropped from $60,203 in 2000 to $56,235 in 2008.

In Wisconsin the number of people living in poverty was 10.4% in 2008.

The national poverty rate was at 13.2% in 2008, an 11-year high.

The poverty rate means that a family of four would live on $21,200 or less.

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