DECATUR -- Nearly half of children under 5-years of age, in Macon County, are living in poverty.
SPRINGFIELD -- The child poverty rate in Champaign County rose four percent between 2006 - 2011. But numbers continue to rise in all parts of the state.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The county has the third highest poverty rate in the state.
SPRINGFIELD -- Poverty is also a topic in state politics.
ILLINOIS -- Data shows 33% of Illinoisans live in poverty or are near it.
NATIONAL -- 15% of Americans are living in poverty according to a report released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
SAVOY -- A group is making sure kids have new shoes for school.
CHAMPAIGN -- Teachers are finding out what some of their students go through just to get to school.
SPRINGFIELD -- More people in Illinois are struggling to make ends meet than ever before.
CHAMPAIGN -- For some, a pay raise can't come soon enough.
ILLINOIS -- A new report shows more than 1-million people were in poverty last year in just our state.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois had just as many people living in poverty in 2011 as the year before.