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Background on the commission

Poverty is the absence of human rights. Wherever poverty manifests itself; we know that human rights are not being fulfilled. Instead of families having a roof over their heads and food on the table, we see homelessness, hunger, and hardship.

This is particularly evident when it comes to extreme poverty - individuals and families living at 50% of the poverty line or less. According to the latest census data, 1.7 million Illinoisans live in poverty and over 784,000 of them are living in extreme poverty. 1

To this end, the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty was created to address poverty in Illinois in a comprehensive manner that is consistent with international human rights standards.

 More information on the structure and charge of the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty can be found in the Illinois Compiled Statues at 20 ILCS 4080.



1 Social IMPACT Research Center of Heartland Alliance's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey