Baby Boomers

A hospital room
Bill McChesney

Many Illinois nurses are nearing retirement. Baby Boomers in the state are also aging and may need more care. Will there be enough nurses to meet the demand?

The space shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, when members of Generation X were coming of age.
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Jeff Rose is like many Gen X’ers in the way he thinks about retirement. 

He doesn’t expect Social Security to be around by the time he needs it. That would be “icing on the cake,” says Rose, 34.

And while he would like the option to retire early — he’d like that choice in his late 50s — he knows that will depend on how much he can sock away in a 401(k) or other investments, and not on payouts from a pension or cashing in on a housing boom.

They work everywhere. They run companies, teach algebra, oversee manufacturing plants and take orders at the local fast-food drive-thru. They're the baby boom generation, that large population bubble of nearly 80 million U.S. citizens born during an unusually fertile period from 1946 through 1964.