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A UIC Great Cities Institute study shows that significant stress on households is a common problem across Chicagoland and often correlates to living in or near poverty. The “household stress index” counts the number of households experiencing various stressors. Almost 80 percent of Chicago-area households were found to have at least one stressor that, if unaddressed, could lead to hardship for an individual or the entire household. James Lewis, a senior research specialist at UIC and author of the report, can comment.