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Pope County, Illinois / Bankruptcy #34944

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 21, 1975
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(Studio) Report on another part of United States in trouble.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Pope Cnty., Illinois) Cnty. is bankrupt. To maintain essential services, county clerk Milton Baker and 7 others work for 5 mos. without pay. Shawnee National Forest covers 83,000 acres; 40% of Pope Cnty. Local residents can't put wilderness to productive use and government doesn't pay for use of land. [Banker Curt TAYLOR - says we're paying for rest of nation to have these things.] Congress bills call for federal government to reimburse counties for land held as preserves. En route to school each day, buses stop and make children walk across old, unsafe bridges. Bridge collapsed under weight of truck earlier in year
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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