Cover story: “Poverty Comes Home”

Summer 2010, Elmhurst College’s Prospect magazine
By Barbara Rose

DuPage County is the most affluent in Illinois, and one of the most affluent in the nation. Yet one in six residents struggles to cover the most basic needs. They include the newly impoverished, hit by illness or unemployment or both, and the marginally employed, whose payday-to-payday struggle gets harder in bad times. See PDF


Layoff fears part of “new normal” – Affluence, college education no protection from job market that cycles quickly through workers

July 1, 2007, Chicago Tribune
By Barbara Rose

The center of greater Barrington, population 40,000, is a compact village reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. Radiating in all directions are six affiliated communities offering winding roads with 5-acre lots and gated enclaves  Read more: