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Thousands of Children in Poverty

Dave Dahl, Illinois Capitol Bureau
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SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (IRN) – The state of Illinois’ children is troubling, says a new report coming out Thursday. The Kids Count report from the group Voices for Illinois Children suggests kids are economic victims.

“Kids are currently caught in a budget crossfire … at both the state and federal levels,” says Kathy Ryg, Voices’ president. “We know that the recession and the budget crises have had a big impact on kids. Almost one in five Illinois children live in poverty. Living in poverty leads to poor outcomes for kids, and we really have to address this because we are at risk of losing a generation of children who are our future workforce.”

Ryg says lawmakers must find some “political will,” which, she says, comes from the people.

Among the report’s findings: one in five Illinois children lives in poverty, and one in four lives in a one-parent household.

Link:  www.voices4kids.org

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