Social IMPACT Research Center;
Illinois is among the first states in the nation to pass retirement savings legislation in the form of Secure Choice. With the implementation of Secure Choice, workers in Illinois at qualifying businesses without access to an employment-based retirement plan will be automatically enrolled in a retirement savings program. An estimated 1.3 million Illinoisans who currently do not have access to workplace retirement plans will be potentially impacted by Secure Choice. As Illinois moves toward Secure Choice implementation, however, there are a number of key questions that should be answered to help ensure that the program is addressing barriers to participation, especially among low-income workers, women, immigrants, and workers of color. This research is aimed at better understanding these barriers.
Social IMPACT Research Center;
This fact sheet presents the latest data on poverty, income, and health insurance for Illinois, Chicago, and the surrounding Chicago region counties. (For smaller counties outside the Chicago region, refer to www.ilpovertyreport.org).
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Central Illinois Foodbank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by The Central Illinois Foodbank provides emergency food for an estimated 105,600 different people annually.37% of the members of households served by The Central Illinois Foodbank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).32% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 75% are food insecure and 40% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).46% of clients served by The Central Illinois Foodbank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).25% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).31% of households served by The Central Illinois Foodbank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Central Illinois Foodbank included approximately 141 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 141 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 105 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.65% of pantries, 57% of kitchens, and 31% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 88% of pantries, 56% of kitchens, and 67% of shelters of The Central Illinois Foodbank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 53% of the food distributed by pantries, 32% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 29% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 95% of pantries, 69% of kitchens, and 54% of shelters in The Central Illinois Foodbank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).