Illinois is the second-most corrupt state in the nation, according to the University of Illinois-Chicago. And corruption costs the state economy at least $550 million per year. But the size and scope of government corruption is nothing new for Illinoisans. What is new? Powerful Illinois lawmakers, Chicago aldermen, local mayors and business interests are involved...View Report
Illinois has a higher percentage of its residents on food stamps than its neighboring states, and has seen a much slower decline in food stamp recipients following the recession.
Illinois is one of only eight states that do not enforce food-stamp work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents. But reinstating work requirements would benefit Illinois food-stamp enrollees as well as state and local economies.
More than 1 in 5 Illinois households rely on food stamps to make ends meet.
A new report from the Illinois Policy Institute details an insidious poverty trap created by the “welfare cliff.”
The state’s complex and duplicative social-welfare system is punishing many of those who seek to move up the ladder of economic opportunity.
Work should, in fact, pay.
There is clearly no lack of commitment aimed at supporting those in need here in Illinois. The question is how to do a better job of it.
A new study by the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., takes a state-by-state look at the value of the welfare benefits package. While no one in America receives welfare benefits from all 72 federal welfare benefits programs that provide direct cash or in-kind assistance, long-term welfare beneficiaries are more likely to receive benefits from multiple programs. Highlights...