Back in January, Riverfront Times published "Meltdown in Venice," a feature story detailing the many troubles of Venice, a tiny, rundown industry town just across the river from St. Louis in southern Illinois. Hundreds of people there -- almost all of whom are poor and black -- suffer from ... More >>
Tyrone Echols recently talked with RFT writer Keegan Hamilton about radioactive material in the soil of Venice, Illinois. Echols, the longtime mayor of the town just east of St. Louis on Illinois Route 3, has more to say in this week's feature story, "Meltdown in Venice."
The McKinley Bridge is broke structurally and financially and everyone wants it fixed. Trouble is, Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice isn't about to give away the city's bridge. But he could be talked into trading it.