The way economists define “recession,” the last one has been over for more than two years. Good luck convincing everyone of that.  A new report from the Social Impact Research Center, part of the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, indicates the recovery has not happened – with the percentage of Illinoisans in poverty rising from 12 percent to 14 percent since the start of the recession, in December 2007. The poverty level for a family of four is $22,000.



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“Illinois has not replaced the jobs lost during the recession,” says the center’s Amy Rynell. “We estimate that Illinois needs to add 530,000 new jobs to fill the job gap.”


(Illinois Radio Network)