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Public News Service - IL: Poverty Issues

Correctional facilities assign incarcerated people to work as close to a regular day as possible, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (Rennett Stowe/Wikimedia Commons)

CHICAGO – It's been more than a month since legislation that would eliminate co-pays for doctor visits to prison inmates went to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk for approval. Prison-reform advocates are calling for the governor to sign House Bill 5104 to get rid of the $5 fee inmates have to pay to g

Nearly half of college students say they're food insecure. (chicagohomeless.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Thousands of college students in Illinois became eligible to receive SNAP benefits at the first of the year, but many don't realize it. So now a campaign is under way to let the students know about their eligibility so they won't drop out of school because of financial rea

There are 40 safety-net hospitals serving low-income and uninsured residents in Illinois. (cdc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have been discussing funding for so-called safety-net hospitals: those that are required to provide medical services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and that often are the only facilities that will accept low-income patients. The facilities a

The number of homeless young women, in Illinois and across the country, has been on the rise. (health.gov)

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- A program that helps homeless young women in Illinois is taking a new approach with the new year. The Harbour began in 1971 and now serves 39 communities in the state, offering a safe place to stay for girls and young women. Executive Director Kris Salyards said in a tense situ

A rally outside a McDonald's in Chicago is one of many to be held Monday around the state. (fightfor15.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Low-wage workers are walking off the job this Labor Day and calling out Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his veto of a $15 an hour minimum wage. Members of Fight for $15 and the Service Employees International Union are holding rallies Monday in Chicago and other Illinois c

Department of Child and Family Service officials promise changes during a joint Senate hearing this week. (senatorjuliemorrison.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Changes are promised at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after the death this spring of a toddler from Joliet. And some state lawmakers say if more safety precautions aren't put into place, legislation forcing the issue will be forthcoming. DCFS official

There's a lot of grumbling in Illinois over the budget lawmakers approved last week. (progressillinois.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois finally has a balanced budget, but it slaps a 32 percent income tax hike on state residents, and it still means cutting programs and services by more than $2 billion. The income tax increase means individuals will pay 4.95 percent instead of 3.75 percent. The cor

If a balanced budget isn't in place on July 1, Illinois could become the first state with a

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois faces the prospect of being the first state to go three straight years without a balanced budget. Advocacy groups on all sides are calling on state lawmakers to stop the bickering and break the gridlock that affects residents of all a

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