Auto town on the mend, but bailout stil

Auto town on the mend, but bailout still divides
Associated Press

In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 photo, Jeff Schrock, United Auto Workers Region 3 representative and a third-generation autoworker, holds a photo of his father that he carries in his shirt pocket, as he sits in front of the home he grew up in and where his father still lives, just blocks from some of the factories he represents in Kokomo, Ind. During the first half of 2009, Shrock wondered if the automakers - and his town - would endure. The Obama administration had pumped in more than $60 billion to fund GM and Chrysler's bankruptcies, but there were no guarantees. Flash forward. The U.S. auto industry has staged an amazing comeback, and the town's largest employer, Chrysler, has pledged to invest nearly $1.3 billion into its plants here, added about 1,000 workers and helped boost Kokomo's fortunes - it was honored in 2011 by the state chamber as Community of the Year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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