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    How America's Shrinking Middle Class Will Affect the Economy

    Journalist Bethany McLean and Ken Brown, Finance Editor at the "Wall Street Journal," talk about how America's middle class is changing and what this will mean for the economy in the future.

    Bethany McLean
    Journalist & Author
    Ken Brown
    Financial Enterprise Editor, The Wall Street Journal

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    • Attend an event or exhibition at the Rebuild Foundation. By reactivating unused structures in divested communities, Rebuild supports economic expansion for local businesses while maintaining the community's authenticity.
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    • Become more informed on the policies Illinois currently has in place so when it is election time you better understand what your vote is supporting.
    • Donate to the North Lawndale Chamber of Commerce, which helps provide support to small business and financial literacy training to community members.
    • Join A Better Chicago’s 312 program, through which (for less than $1 a day), you can amplify your impact and meaningfully move the needle on ending poverty.

    Making a Killing: Does America need a middle class?

    Bethany McLean
    Journalist & Author
    Ken Brown
    Financial Enterprise Editor, The Wall Street Journal

    After one of the longest streaks of economic growth in American history, signs are pointing towards a change in trajectory, which leaves us with one big question: what will happen to the middle class? Without those in the middle, will bottom line prospects change? Will businesses be forced to adjust their targets? Join us for a live podcast recording with “Making a Killing” host Bethany McLean to explore the changes to America’s middle class over the past decade—and what those changes mean for the nation’s economic future. 

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