CHICAGO
10/24/2011 10:00 am ET | Updated Dec 24, 2011

Lack Of Jobs Leaves More Suburban, Middle Class Sliding Into Poverty

Fourteen months ago, Aurora resident Prentiss Bailey was going about happily living his life as usual.

He was employed at a printing company where he'd worked for 10 years--a job that paid $17 an hour and that with the consistent overtime and $4,000 and $5,000 annual Christmas bonuses he got, enabled him to take care of his family and enjoy what he considered a middle income life.

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