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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Illinois School Teacher Lives in Homeless Shelter

It's been sometime since I've posted anything about impoverished Illinois school teachers but believe it or not, but Henry Wolfson, a long time substitute school teacher, lives in a homeless shelter. After the Chicago Tribune ran the story of Wolfson's plight students raised $40,000 for the dedicated public servant but the Trib had left out one critical detail. Wolfson had gambled away $180,000.

Eventually the Tribune did find the rest of the story.
Wolfson had received $247,000 in 2007 from a trust established by his late parents, as well as $12,000 in 2011 from the settlement of a lawsuit against his sister and her husband. …[He] said Thursday that he had lost about $180,000 betting on horses in a little more than a year at off-track betting parlors.
“Subbing is a poor sole source of income. The pay is low and the work inconsistent.” said Wolfson

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