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Crain’s Investigation: Unpaid wages a growing problem for Chicago-area workers

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Crain’s Chicago Business
By Claire Bushey

Jesenya Rodriguez couldn’t pay her phone bill or muster the cash to complete her high school correspondence course, but it wasn’t because she didn’t have a job.

Ms. Rodriguez, 20, of Hanover Park, earned $10.22 an hour as a machine operator and packer at Duraco Products Inc., a manufacturer of plastic lawn and garden accessories in Streamwood. Duraco b-egan skipping paychecks in March 2008, workers allege in a lawsuit against company President Kevin Lynch and his brother Michael. In November 2008, Duraco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; it has since converted to Chapter 7.

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