“Illinois had the slowest personal income growth in the Great Lakes….. But get this—about a third of Illinois’s personal-income growth last year was driven by “transfer receipts” (i.e., food stamps, workers’ compensation, disability, welfare, Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare, earned income tax credits, unemployment benefits).”

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