So sad. I grew up in this town and feel the pain of those who left and are still there. I was a great little town. We did have many restaurants and large super markets, and it was the town to come to for many in the region. But we did have our “problems”. It was southern enough to have red necks and bigots. Then came outside agitators that were more interested in making a name for themselves than helping solve problems. The state of decline is similar to the shape of the state of Illinois. Reckless spending on (welfare etc.) and not paying enough attention to programs to creates jobs or opportunities to grow. Cairo was always neglected by Springfield (the capitol) until it came around to election time. Then they were quickly forgotten for another 4 yrs. I truly miss all my old friends most I am sure are no longer there.