For some, Illinois’ economy is in recovery. But for many more, the recession continues unabated. Over 400,000 working families are poor or near poverty in Illinois—50,000 more families than in 2007. The unemployment rate in some communities is 30%.  Black Illinoisans suffer a 14.4% unemployment rate. Instead of creating opportunities, Illinois’ new Governor has decided that struggling jobseekers and their families are not important to Illinois’ economic future. Click here to read CJC’s full response to last week’s budget address.