Hundreds Attend Cairo Job and Resource Fair

Jan 10, 2018
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Job seekers of all ages  mingled with employers and workforce agencies Wednesday at a job and resource fair in Cairo, sponsored by the Alexander County Housing Authority.  

Lisa Childs, Principal of Cairo Junior and Senior High Schools brought several Seniors to the event and they were very eager to get started with life after high school. 

Cairo resident Tyrell  Harris was very optimistic about finding a job.  He also mentioned that there were some social service agencies  at the fair offering transportation solutions to those who do not have reliable transportation. 

An effort to boost the economy of Cairo is moving forward as we start the New Year.

The Cairo Public Utility Company says the Rauner Family Foundation - a philanthropic vehicle for Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana - helped kickstart the project with a 100-thousand dollar donation.

As part of WSIU Radio's look back at some of the top stories of 2017, WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on the housing crisis in Cairo.


A job and resource fair is scheduled for next month to help those being displaced by the demolition of two public housing complexes in Cairo.

Sen. Durbin's office

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday to look into potential issues with patient safety and care.

There is an ongoing investigation at the facility related to mismanagement and retaliation against whistleblowers.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with The Southern Illinoisan's Molly Parker and Isaac Smith about their Cairo Town Hall, coming up Saturday, September 30.

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Illinois' two U-S Senators want the Trump Administration to do more to address the housing crisis in Cairo.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Almost four months after Housing and Urban Development announced it was closing two public housing complexes in Cairo, the head of the federal agency visited the town.

Ben Carson toured the McBride and Elmwood developments Tuesday and then answered questions from some residents at Cairo High School.

Rep. Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost met Thursday with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to discuss the ongoing housing crisis in Cairo.

U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a tow boat sank in the Mississippi River near Cairo, leading to a rescue of the crew.


A southern Illinois congressman wants to help ease the transition of Cairo residents and other Americans who have been displaced from a public housing authority to a new location.

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A southern Illinois man will spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally stabbing two bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

U.S. House of Representatives

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.


A law professor, who was involved in the civil rights movement in Cairo, visited SIU-Carbondale Monday to talk about her experiences then.

Carol Pauli is an associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

She was a schoolteacher and journalist in Alexander County for almost three years in the early 1970's. Pauli is now working on a personal memoir about those times.

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Illinois' senior U.S. senator is trying to help dozens of families in the state's southernmost town.

Dick Durbin traveled to Cairo Friday to see what can be done to find subsidized housing for the nearly 200 families who are losing their homes after HUD soon closes two public housing complexes.

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Governor Bruce Rauner brought his campaign tour to southern Illinois Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of supporters and workers at Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, the governor says Illinois government is broken and his turnaround agenda items are needed to fix it.

At the very southernmost tip of Illinois, the pancake flat cornfields give way to the rolling, forested hills of the Delta.

Here, at the windy confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, it feels more southern than Midwest when you arrive at the old river port and factory town of Cairo, once made famous in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But Twain might not recognize Cairo today.

State Senator Dale Fowler says he's lending his voice to the call for more help at the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority.

Cairo Police

A seven count superseding indictment has been returned against three people connected with a 2014 bank robbery in Cairo.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with The Southern Illinoisan reporters Molly Parker and Isaac Smith about their upcoming project featuring the Alexander County Housing Authority, 12 months after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took over.

A man accused of fatally stabbing two southern Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery has been scheduled for another federal court appearance.

A southern Illinois man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to a botched, deadly bank robbery.

A grand jury will decide whether a man suspected in a fatal bank robbery in Cairo should face other charges.

A former convict who authorities say is a suspect in the deadly bank robbery in Cairo has been charged with a related weapons count.

Federal prosecutors charged 29-year-old James Watts of Cairo Friday with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The U.S. attorney says Watts was arrested Thursday on a railroad trestle in Cairo hours after a First National Bank branch in that city was robbed. Authorities say two bank employees were killed and a third employee was critically injured.

The long-struggling city of Cairo wants to rejuvenate its economy, and it is asking for its residents' help in the taxpayer-funded effort.