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  • Coalition brings desperately needed grocery store to Illinois' southernmost city

    Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and others celebrate the Cairo grocery store opening in a group photo

    Representatives of organizations that helped make Rise Community Market a reality joined community members in the cooperatively owned grocery store’s June 16 grand opening in Cairo, Ill. Taking part in the celebration were, from left, U of I System Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation Kyle Harfst; Christopher Merrett, director and professor in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University; Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton; Cairo Mayor Thomas Simpson; and Sean Park, program manager of the Value Added Sustainable Development Center at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.