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The Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance does research that helps leaders create change. We collaborate with clients to measure and grow your social impact. Our user-friendly work equips nonprofits, foundations, and governments to advance real-world solutions to poverty.

We regularly work with media to provide data and commentary on poverty and inequality in Illinois. We are happy to work with you to pull the most accurate data points for your story.

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Amber Cason


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Press Releases:

1/26/2017. Illinois Issues: Left Behind

10/4/2016. New Report Finds Illinois has an opportunity to help Permanent Supportive Housing Providers through Medicaid Funds.

9/15/2016. Positive Economic Reports Masks Persistent Hardships, Inequities, and Rising Income Inequality in IL

11/4/2015. Not Even a Place in Line for Illinois Families Who Need Affordable Housing

9/17/2015. New Poverty Data Paint Grim Picture in Light of State Budget Impasse

1/29/2015. Poor by Comparison: The Dreary State of the Prairie State

9/18/2014. State Makes Meager Efforts to Combat Poverty, New Report Shows

1/30/14. Hundreds of Thousands of Full-Time Workers, Millions Others in Illinois Live in Poverty

9/19/2013. New Census Data Shows Recovery Leaving the Poor Behind in Illinois.

9/5/2013. New Report Shows Share of Poor Now Split 50/50 Between City and Suburbs

Past Coverage Highlights:

Progress Illinois. Poverty Declined, Median Household Income Grew In Illinois Last Year

WBEZ. Good News For Some In Chicago’s New Income Numbers

Progress Illinois. Poverty, Household Income & Health Insurance Coverage Improved Last Year

Northwest Herald. McHenry County Group to Finalize Strategic Plan to End Homelessness in County

Progress Illinois. Report: Most Waitlists For Housing Choice Vouchers Closed In Illinois

WBEZ. Most Housing Voucher Waiting Lists in Illinois Closed

Chicago Reporter. Black Chicagoans Most Likely to Live in Deep Poverty

WUIS. Illinois Poverty Numbers Remain High

Chicago Tribune. Suburban Relief Agencies add More to Their Plates Than Food

Progress Illinois. Illinois Ranks Poorly On Well-Being Indicators; African-American Jobless Rate

The Huffington Post. 42 Illinois Counties Made the Poverty Watch List

Chicago Magazine. Where Poverty is Highest in Illinois

Crain’s Chicago Business. As Rauner readies cuts, social-policy groups go on offense