One of The Nation’s Largest Basic Income Experiments Is Now Underway


Illinois’ Cook County, which includes Chicago, has opened up applications for one of the largest guaranteed basic income pilots in the U.S. to date.

Starting this week, Cook County residents can apply to become one of 3,250 households set to receive monthly, no-strings-attached $500 payments as part of its “Guaranteed Income Pilot.” The payments will extend for two years and total $42 million. Once the payout begins, Cook County and Los Angeles County—the two largest in the U.S—will both have active programs measuring the effectiveness of basic income. The results of those pilots could play a significant role in shaping future basic income frameworks on the state and possibly even federal levels.

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