Wealth & Poverty - Most Commented


Could new zoning laws help educate poor kids?

Apr 19, 2012
Lifting bans on apartments in affluent neighborhoods might allow more low-income students to attend top public schools.
Posted In: zoning

Educating kids for the factories of the future

Apr 6, 2012
West Chicago magnet prepares students for high-skill manufacturing jobs, and for college
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, Jobs, Education

The road back to the factory floor

Apr 6, 2012
A laid-off autoworker found a steady job at another factory, but he’s making less
Posted In: Jobs, manufacturing

Down on the farm, the economy is up

Mar 30, 2012
But Illinois farmers give little credit to the political party in power.
Posted In: Illinois, farming

In Illinois, voters hope election results will boost economy

Mar 21, 2012
Workers in Rockford, Ill., are divided on how much the auto bailout helped the local economy. Many hope yesterday's primary election might be the first step in helping factory areas in the state fully recover.
Posted In: Illinois, Chrysler, election

The economic lives of two blue-collar voters

Mar 20, 2012
They differ on politics, but both see college as a way to help their kids do better than they have.
Posted In: 2012 election, Illinois, blue-collar workers, Education

Cutting savings to the bone

Mar 2, 2012
Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty reporters talked with people from all over the country, and many, regardless of their earning power, had very little in the way of savings.
Posted In: Savings, middle class, lower class, upper class, wealthy, poverty

What is the wealth gap?

Mar 1, 2012
Those at the top have an increasingly bigger share, while middle and low incomes stagnate.
Posted In: wealth gap, income inequality

Your neighborhood through your eyes

Mar 1, 2012
We asked you to send in photographs of where you live. Take a look, and contribute yours.
Posted In: community, photos, neighborhoods

The middle class? Not what it used to be

Feb 29, 2012
It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days?
Posted In: middle class