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One-third of Illinois residents living in or near poverty

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According to a study from Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center, one in three Illinois residents is living in or near poverty, more than during the Great Recession.

Currently in Illinois, almost 1.9 million people, 15 percent of the population, live in poverty, with another 2.2 million people close to the poverty level. In late 2007, when the Great Recession began, 12 percent of the state's population lived in poverty.

Locally, Winnebago County has a poverty rate of 19.1 percent. Of those living in poverty, only 61.4 percent graduate high school. Boone County's poverty rate is just 10.3 percent.

If the annual income of a family of four is under $23,021, they are considered to be in poverty. Half of Illinois residents in poverty do not earn half of that amount.

The data used for the study was based on the U.S. Census Department's 2011 American Community Survey.

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