04/29/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Transportation, Schools, Culture At Risk In Budget Crisis

Like a frog in a gradually warming pot of water, not everyone notices the trouble brewing. But budget problems have already hurt the Chicago area's way of life -- public transit is shrinking, library hours have been cut, and public schools are laying off employees by the hundreds. And it looks like things can only get worse.

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