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Mount Vernon, IL


Poor Schools, Few Jobs, No Growth - 8/14/2009
The cost of living is reasonable. The high school is in shambles. Visitors call it "the ghetto school". The politicians built a new 15-20 million dollar jail at taxpayer expense without voter approval. The jail sits empty and is a big money loser.

People are friendly. There are few jobs except for restaurt work/minimum wage openings. Stagnant town. No reason to live here unless you are a native of the area.

Mount Vernon, IL


Mount Vernon, Illinois - 8/14/2009
The cost of living is reasonable but there are few jobs here other than restaurant work or other minimum wage jobs. The population has been the same since I've been here (40 years).

The high school is literally ancient and in very poor shape. I feel sorry for the students. Visitors call it a ghetto school.

Instead of building a new school they (the polititians) built a new 20 million dollar jail, against the citizen's will, using taxpayer dollars, which sits empty and is losing money.

Unless you are from here or have family keeping you here, this is not the place to be. Southern Illinois has never been much.




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