American Moxie: How We Get By
December 22, 2008 It's understandable that landscaper Christy Webber's partner would call her the Golden Goose. After all, she often sees opportunities before anyone else. Her biggest work project was on Chicago's Millennium Park. But now, her task is to realign her business so it can survive a slowdown.
December 9, 2008 In Flora, Ill., Huck's convenient store is where lives intersect. Sandy Higgs works the counter there, and she also has a job maintaining big rigs to make ends meet. Neither she nor one of the company's truckers get health insurance from the job — and each faces a looming crisis.
December 8, 2008 The costs of raising cattle have gone up in recent years — but the price of cattle has not kept pace. That has put farmer Dave Burt in a bad position in southern Illinois. He says farming expenses are now "so staggeringly high, it's frightening."