Foreclosure filings in Illinois dropped 32% last year though the state had the eighth highest foreclosure rate in the country.
- Illinois foreclosure filings drop for a second year, by Ashley Gross, WBEZ Radio, 1/12/2012
A new study shows 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty, a 27% increase between 2006 and 2010. The numbers are expected to grow due to the slow pace of economic recovery.
- Poverty to keep rising due to slow recovery: study, by Mary Wisniewski, Reuters, 1/11/2012
Gov. Quinn signed legislation that increases the Earned Income Tax Credit by 5% over two years and indexes future increases to inflation.
- Quinn increases tax credit for working poor, by Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune, 1/10/2012
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law calls the Earned Income Tax Credit increase "critical for achieving tax fairness."
- Quinn OKs expansion of tax credit, by Greg Olson, Journal-Courier, 1/11/2012
Research suggests that interventions to prevent poverty should start not in kindergarten or high school but before birth.
- A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug, by Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times, 1/7/2012
More than 10,660 students in Chicago Public Schools were homeless at the beginning of this school year, an increase compared with the same time last year.
- Number of homeless students surges, putting strain on schools, by Adeshina Emmanuel, Chicago Sun-Times, 1/6/2012