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Fulton Wants New Residents

City of Fulton, Illinois

Hoping to attract new residents, the city of Fulton has fixed up four homes and will hold open houses this weekend for prospective buyers. The city worked with the Economic Growth Corporation from Rock Island, and used money from Illinois' share of a national foreclosure settlement. 

Fulton Mayor Larry Russell says small towns like his desperately need updated, affordable housing.

Credit City of Fulton, Illinois
Another home in Fulton that's for sale.

Russell says his city also needed this project because it's trying to attract the people who are moving to the area to work at the federal prison in nearby Thomson. And Growth suggested offering up to 34-hundred dollars for down payments and closing costs.

Many guards of child-rearing age with good credit - a perfect match.

Four senior managers from the prison moved to Fulton last year, and he's hoping more employees will choose his city in the future.

The city will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the four homes on Sunday, and open houses at each one. They're located in various neighborhoods around Fulton.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.