Despite all the debate in recent years on the value of a college education, it's no argument for Jeff Stephens. Academic credentials were his ticket from a public housing project to a downtown law firm.
His primary motivator? "Fear," he said.
Stephens had a good chance of rising above his parents, who he said "screwed up." He was raised by his grandmother, living for a time in the Ida B. Wells Homes on the South Side. In his early teens, he had an epiphany. "I realized that she wasn't going to be around forever … and nobody above me had any money."Read More