Decades of corruption, economic upheaval and racial tension have led Cairo, Ill., to become one of the fastest depopulating communities in the nation.

Decades of corruption, economic upheaval and racial tension have led Cairo, Ill., to become one of the fastest depopulating communities in the nation.

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