Afternoon Shift

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May. 31, 2012

On Thursday's Afternoon Shift we look at different arrangements for old age. First there's the Illinois pension system. Lots of people are counting on that system to pay their bills as they retire. The problem is they need about $83 billion more than the state has. Oops. We discuss possible solutions to the shortfall.
 
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An industry with a troubling plan for old age is horse racing (let's not get into it). It's on the minds of state legislators because of the recent gaming expansion bill. It's on the minds of sports fans because I'll Have Another is poised to try for the first Triple Crown in 34 years. We talk about the past, present and future of horse racing.
 
Finally, Will Allen talks about the long-term effect that urban farming can have on a community. He should know- he started the Growing Power non-profit and was named a MacArthur Genius in 2008.