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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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IMPACT In The News:

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

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


More Stories:

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

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

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.

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