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Years ago there was a saying about downstate
that went something to the effect that downstate could never elect a Governor but could prevent one from being one. Who knows if that holds validity today. When I look at our current geographical area I see what was once an industrial powerhouse from Dupo's rail yards on the south, Alton's industries on the north and the coal mining operations on the bluffs with all the industrial activities in between. Today the area has sparse industrial activities,few rail road operations and of course the mines have more or less been shutdown statewide. Much of the area that housed the workers now house the members of the Free State Army who live dependently on the Government and vote the way they are more or less told to by the local entrenched Democrat politicians.Today, then, I think it pretty unlikely that downstate river bend area can do much of anything voting wise regarding statewide issues unless it is sanctioned by the Democrats who after all throw them the scraps from the table to live off of.