(97) Chicago

A report from public station WTTW profiles tough times in DuPage County, Illinois.  An official describes poverty there as having “exploded.”  Some 60,000 people in DuPage County meet US federal government criteria for being poor, an increase of some 185%.  Those profiled in this piece represent the so-called “newly” poor.  A teacher and a nurse, slipped from situations of relative privilege sadly demonstrate the findings of the 2010 US census.  Mentioned here a number of times already the 2010 census will enter the American historical record as a profound document of social change and social difficulty.  Will the suburbs ever bounce back?  Or will they just turn into something else completely?
Chicago Tonight: Suburban Poverty 9:00

Photo credit: barmik via Wikimedia Commons