A Plan For Prosperity For Cairo

Larry Klein, who is one the local port authority board and works with the utility, stands next to the Mississippi River on land where they're hoping to build a port. The city owns this land, but the utility manages it. (photo courtesy of  Madelyn Beck Illinois Newsroom)

Larry Klein, who is one the local port authority board and works with the utility, stands next to the Mississippi River on land where they're hoping to build a port. The city owns this land, but the utility manages it. (photo courtesy of Madelyn Beck Illinois Newsroom)

This week in our look at stories from around the state, let’s head down to far southern Illinois. Midwest agriculture depends on the Mississippi River to cheaply move grain and products, but high water has barges stranded. Illinois Public Radio’s Madelyn Beck reports that may actually be an opportunity for the state’s southernmost city

Driving into Cairo from the north, you pass a funeral home and a bridge underneath a rail line. There are structures behind this bridge that shut it off in case of massive flooding from the nearby Ohio and Mississippi rivers. (Photo courtesy  Madelyn Beck / Illinois Newsroom)

Driving into Cairo from the north, you pass a funeral home and a bridge underneath a rail line. There are structures behind this bridge that shut it off in case of massive flooding from the nearby Ohio and Mississippi rivers. (Photo courtesy Madelyn Beck / Illinois Newsroom)