Hey Guv: Where you live could determine your health

Hey Guv: Where you live could determine your health
Hey Guv: Where you live could determine your health

Hey Guv: Where you live could determine your health

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You may think the county with the highest poverty level is also the sickest in the state, but that’s not the case. In addition to income, access to health care and resources from state government can also make one county healthier than its neighbor. As part of our Hey Guv! series looking at government’s role in the lives of voters, WBEZ’s Patrick Smith reports on one of the state’s sickest counties-and it’s not the poorest. We talk with a researcher behind an annual index of the state’s health rankings, and learn where Illinois counties stand in comparison to one another. Photo: Flickr/Robert S. Donovan