A new report on poverty in Illinois places Sangamon County on a “poverty watch list” because of concerns about several quality-of-life factors.
The Illinois Poverty Report estimates that between 12 and 17 percent of county residents live in poverty. And it says the rates of poverty, unemployment, teen pregnancy and high school graduation raise concerns that the situation will worsen.
Sangamon is one of 25 counties on that poverty watch list… others include Christian and Macon. Montgomery County is one of 14 on the more serious “poverty warning list.”