March , 2018

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woman opening curtainsPoverty rates are two to three times higher for Illinoisans of color, and they fare far worse on nearly every measure of well-being. In the latest of its annual reports on poverty in Illinois, “Racism’s Toll,” Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out public policies that have and are actively creating these racial inequities.

The disparities are remarkably persistent on nearly all quality of life domains:

  • Black children in Illinois are nearly 4 times more likely to live below the poverty line than white children.
  • The Illinois school districts with the most students of color receive 16% less in funding per student than districts serving the fewest students of color.
  • Unemployment rates are far higher for black Illinois workers than whites at every educational level.
  • Illinoisans of color are 2 to 3 times more likely to not have health insurance.
  • Black Illinoisans on average live 6 years less than whites.
  • Poor black (16%) and Latino (22%) Illinoisans are more likely to live within a mile of a hazardous chemical facility than poor whites (13%).
  • Nationally, the median net worth for a white household is $110,500 versus $6,314 for a black household.

The consistency and persistence of these severe disparities by race in Illinois underscore how much more work we have to do. As the report makes clear, these inequities are the product of the public policies, market forces, and institutional practices of both yesterday and today, which systematically place barriers in the path of Illinoisans of color.

“Racism’s Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty,” related infographics, and data for all 102 of Illinois’s counties are available for download at www.ilpovertyreport.org.

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