Rauner Family Foundation invests in Cairo port project

CAIRO, IL – The goods you buy could soon make their way to stores through a proposed port terminal on the Mississippi River in one southern Illinois community. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s and Illinois first lady Diana Rauner’s foundation recently made a big donation to spearhead the project.

The city of Cairo is starting the year off right. It received a $100,000 check from the Rauner Family Foundation for a proposed port development project. Howard Crane has lived in Cairo more than 50 years. He said he hopes this donation is just the beginning. 

“I appreciate the governor taking an interest in it down here. That’s what a lot of people need to do. You know go ahead and take an interest in it, and maybe Cairo will come back,” said Crane. 

Crane used to own a few successful businesses in Cairo before the interstate came through. He said he would like to see Cairo back on top.  

“I don’t think any of us are ever going to give up. I would like to see something come here and prosper before I have to join the man up the yonder,” said Crane.  

Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman said that if the port development project succeeds it means prosperity for not just Cairo, but the whole southern Illinois region.

“We all are in desperate need of opportunities to come to our area. This will just help us continue our efforts to make the port authority a reality,” said Coleman. 

For Cairo, the donation is about more than a port. It’s about proving that Cairo has a lot to look forward to this year. 

State Sen. Dale Fowler was instrumental in working with Governor Rauner to secure the donation. The $100,000 will be used for marketing materials for the proposed port. 

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