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Grandparents raising grandchildren on the rise

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One step the McMeinses took after Olivia came to live with them was to restructure their retirement income so they could leave enough money to cover college tuition.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Michael McMein of East Dundee plays guitar while his granddaughter Olivia plays with her iPad at their home in East Dundee.

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Olivia makes rubber band bracelets while her grandmother Kathy makes the next day's lunch at their home in East Dundee.

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Michael McMein smiles at his granddaughter Olivia at their home in East Dundee.

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Michael McMein shows a picture of his grandson Andrew who died a few years ago. He and his wife Kathy of East Dundee were raising him and their granddaughter Olivia after their mother's death when they were young.

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Michael McMeins keeps a letter tucked in his music book that Olivia wrote a couple of years ago. It starts out, "So many questions!" and is addressed to her mother.

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Olivia McMeins, center, makes rubber band bracelets with assistance from her grandparents, Michael and Kathy, at their home in East Dundee. The McMeinses have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter's death years ago when Olivia was very young.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

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The Illinois Department on Aging says the number of grandparents raising grandchildren has increased dramatically in the last 25 years. The U.S. Census Bureau found in 2012 that more than 275,000 grandparents are living with their grandchildren in Illinois.
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    • One step the McMeinses took after Olivia came to live with them was to restructure their retirement income so they could leave enough money to cover college tuition.
    • Michael McMein of East Dundee plays guitar while his granddaughter Olivia plays with her iPad at their home in East Dundee.
    • Olivia makes rubber band bracelets while her grandmother Kathy makes the next day’s lunch at their home in East Dundee.
    • Michael McMein smiles at his granddaughter Olivia at their home in East Dundee.
    • Michael McMein shows a picture of his grandson Andrew who died a few years ago. He and his wife Kathy of East Dundee were raising him and their granddaughter Olivia after their mother’s death when they were young.
    • Michael McMeins keeps a letter tucked in his music book that Olivia wrote a couple of years ago. It starts out, “So many questions!” and is addressed to her mother.
    • Olivia McMeins, center, makes rubber band bracelets with assistance from her grandparents, Michael and Kathy, at their home in East Dundee. The McMeinses have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter’s death years ago when Olivia was very young.
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