11/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Economy Is Voters Biggest Concern: Tribune Poll

For Brian Gerber of Wheeling, the economic anxiety afflicting a nation lumbering toward Election Day gained a very human face last week, and it was a familiar one. On Thursday, Gerber was laid off from his job as an automotive sales manager.

"It's tough out there," said Gerber, 44. "I'm married and I have a 4-year-old and my wife works. But things are tough.

"Everything keeps going up, but your wages aren't going up."

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