Poverty Comes Home

Cover story
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.