A tough time to be a kid

This week, I reported on the findings from Voices for Illinois Children’s annual “Kids Count” report.

A 10-year-old girl started pulling out her hair because she was so concerned about her family’s economic security.

A teenage boy pleaded with his parents to let him drop out of school so he could work and support his struggling family.

Kathy Ryg, president of Voices for Illinois Children, has heard dozens of stories like these. Last week, the advocacy group released its 2010 “Kids Count” report, which details the recession’s extensive and potentially long-lasting effects on children and families.

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