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Renters in Illinois need to earn nearly $20 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment

Emily OlsenReboot Illinois

Jun 02, 2016

To afford a two-bedroom apartment, renters in Illinois need to earn $19.98 per hour. Most renting Illinoisans only make $15.25 an hour, and the state’s minimum wage workers earning $8.25 don’t even come close.

But according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Out of Reach 2016 report, Illinois isn’t the only state struggling to provide affordable housing. There are no states, metropolitan areas or counties in the nation where workers making the minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment working full time without spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent.

The report argues there are…

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