Living on the Edge: Part 2

Photo by Barbara Jean Johnson
Photo by Barbara Jean Johnson

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Wages in Cook County fall behind both Lake and St. Louis County. The average yearly wage here is about $23,000. Contrast that with Lake County at $29,000 and St. Louis County at $31,000 a year and the difference is notable. Many county residents maintain more than one job, switch employers with the season, and use a variety of creative strategies just to stay afloat.

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