Fact Sheet

An Illinois worker making minimum wage would have to work 116 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom unit at the statewide fair-market rent of $776/month. (National Low Income Housing Coalition)
Illinois ranks 48th in U.S. for low-income students receiving school breakfasts. (FRAC, November 2001)
Illinois ranked 43rd in the nation for affordable housing in 2001. (National Low Income Housing Coalition)
Food pantries and soup kitchens have seen a 30-50% increase of requests for assistance over the last year. Most of the requests come from working families. Since September 11th, the pantries continue to see 30-80% increase of usage due to reduction in work hours or job losses. (Illinois Hunger Coalition, 2002)
8% of the households in Illinois don’t know where the next meal will come from. (Illinois Hunger Coalition, 2002)
In 1996 over 34,000 legal immigrant families lost food stamps in Illinois. (Illinois Hunger Coalition, 2002)
28% of seniors living in Illinois have no pharmaceutical coverage and must pay out of pocket for medicines. (Metro Seniors in Action, 2001)
1 in 8 Illinois children go to bed hungry. (Illinois Hunger Coalition, 2002)
An estimated 12% of Illinois children – 441,000 – enough to fill Soldier Field more than six times, are uninsured.
A family of three making minimum wage earns $10,712/year, while a living wage would be $34,025. (National Priorities Project, 2002)
The average age of a homeless person is nine. (Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 2002)
70% of women arrested in Chicago are homeless. (Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 2002)
Immigrants living in the Chicago-land area contribute $5.45 billion dollars to the state’s economy. (Center for Urban Economic Development, 2002)
Seniors are 12% of the population but use 37% of the prescription drugs. The average senior fills 18 prescriptions a year. (Metro Seniors in Action, 2001)