From Retiring Guy's postcard collection
Political fight hits hardest in Illinois' poorest corner. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/2/2015)
But for residents in the low-income counties tucked between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers - a mix of farmland and forest where Southern accents are more common than stop signs - it's a far different story. Here people and private industry are scarce and getting scarcer, and residents rely on government for everything from health care to jobs and feel the impact severely when the public sector falters.
U.S. Census Bureau. State and County Quickfacts. Alexander County, Illinois.
A trip to Cairo, Illinois. (Abandoned, 2/13/2012)