Southern Illinois Local Media Group
Location: * Midwest, Illinois
Position: This beat reporter covers Chester (pop. 8,500), a historic French river town five minutes from Missouri across the Chester Bridge. It is in competition for jobs, sales taxes, workers and tourism, and is uniquely sensitive to the Illinois legislature raising taxes on gasoline/commodities, passing laws governing cannabis, etc. Chester is home to Menard Correctional Center, a major employer and one of Illinois’ most overcrowded max-security prisons. River flooding is a huge economic issue, as tourism and commerce depend on it. The schools underperform. None of this has been covered—until now.
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