Political fight hits hard in Illinois' poorest corner | National | trib.com: The only public health clinic in Illinois' poorest county is in a former synagogue off a largely abandoned main street, a bright spot with multicolored windows where seniors can get flu shots and moms get help feeding their kids. But today the lights are off and the doors locked. A sign on the door apologizes for the inconvenience: Because of the impasse over the state budget, we are only open on Wednesdays.
A few blocks away half the sheriff's department has just gotten pink slips. Counselors at the only place to get mental health care in miles are working for free as the waiting list for help grows. And about 20 miles up the road from Cairo, Illinois' southernmost tip, the man in charge of keeping highways clear this winter can't afford to buy road salt, but figures he wouldn't be able to pay drivers to spread it anyway.