Cairo

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

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.

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Cairo Police

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

Housing
Brad Palmer, WSIU

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.

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