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Hearing to address poverty in 3 Illinois counties

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KANKAKEE -- A public hearing this week will gather feedback on Illinois poverty issues.

The (Joliet) Herald-News reports the hearing is set for Thursday evening in Kankakee.

The Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty is looking for information on how poverty affects people in Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties. The commission is also seeking suggestions for policy solutions.

The commission is implementing strategies to reduce by half the number of people in Illinois who live in extreme poverty.

Kim Drew of Heartland Alliance says people affected by poverty as well as organizations addressing policy issues are encouraged to attend.

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