Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty

How Does Your County Fare?

As we strive to make Illinois a place characterized by social justice and equity, it’s important to look at the dynamics of poverty and well-being not only at the state and national levels, but also locally. The County Well-Being Index highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment, teen births, and high school graduation.

County Fact Sheets
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County has an indicator score of 4 or 5 and needs to be monitored.

County has an indicator score of 6, 7, or 8 and needs to initiate corrective action.

Hear from witnesses to poverty from across the state.

We gratefully acknowledge The Chicago Community Trust and The Libra Foundation for their support of our poverty research, communications, and education efforts.

Click a county to see a snapshot.

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