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Report: Illinois poverty remains stubbornly high

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CHICAGO — Illinois' overall poverty rate is the same as it was a half-century ago despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people struggling to get by, according to a new report that examines how the state has fared since President Lyndon Johnson declared a national War on Poverty. Almost 15 percent of Illinois residents, about 1.9 million,...

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