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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.

For media inquiries only:

Amber (Cason) Crossen
Communications Coordinator

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IMPACT In The News:

WBEZ: Percentage Without Health Insurance Grows In Chicago And Illinois

Journal Courier: Morgan County makes ‘warning list’ in poverty report

WGLT (NPR): New Poverty Report Puts McLean County On ‘Watch List’

WAND 17. Half of IL counties on poverty watch or warning lists

WGLT (NPR). Illinois Poverty Rate Stuck At 13 Percent; Women, Children, Minorities Hard Hit

WVIK (NPR). New Study Finds Millions Still Live in Poverty in Illinois

Alton Daily News. Illinois Residents Still Struggling with Poverty

WQAD News 8. 1.6 million Illinois residents are living in poverty

The News-Gazette. State’s poverty problems severe, could get worse

The Atlantic. Chicago’s Awful Divide

WBEZ. Study: Domestic Violence Resources Lacking On South, West Sides

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

Associated Press. Report: Illinois’ Poor More Often Victims of Violent Crime

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

WBEZ. Most Housing Voucher Waiting Lists in Illinois Closed

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


More Stories:

McHenry County Group to Finalize Strategic Plan to End Homelessness in County

As Rauner readies cuts, social-policy groups go on offense

Black Chicagoans Most Likely to Live in Deep Poverty

3/2017. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis Introduce New Legislation: Illinois Children Traumatized

3/17/2017. New Report Shows Connection Between Poverty, Violence, Trauma in Illinois

3/15/2017. Column: Chicago needs a war on poverty to stop the violence

3/15/2017. La pobreza y la discriminación son las causas de la violencia en Chicago, según Heartland Alliance

3/15/2017. Report: Illinois’ poor more often victims of violent crime

3/15/2017. On poverty and violence

3/15/2017.  Illinois’ Poor More Often Victims Of Violent Crime

3/15/2017. Report: Illinois’ Poor More Often Victims of Violent Crime

3/15/2017. Report links Illinois poverty, violence

3/29/2017. Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Violence in Illinois

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

Press Releases

4/19/2018: Poverty Update Finds Millions Of Illinoisans Live In Or Near Poverty, With Women Disparately Impacted

11/28/2017: New Report Highlights Barriers To Retirement Savings & A New State Program That Could Bring Relief


7/20/2017. New Report Highlights the Illinoisans Likely to Lose Food Assistance in 2018

7/18/2017. New Report Finds Equitable Access to Services, Better Support for Providers, and Adequate State Funding is Needed to Address Domestic Violence in Chicago.