From Marion in Williamson County north to Mt. Vernon in Jefferson County, these major cities in our rural Heartland of Southern Illinois are chosen among the top 25 places to live in Illinois. Our community is located at the two major Illinois interstate highway intersections of I-57 and I-64 and our local leadership has taken advantage of that. What growing families need can be found right here. Employment, education at Southern Illinois University, plus 4 major junior colleges in easy driving distance in all four directions, libraries, hospitals, museums, entertainment, airports, senior services, banking services, shopping and building supplies, huge recreational lakes, awesome state parks, scenery of rolling hills, productive country farms, woods, lakes, rivers, beyond you greatest expectation in our beautiful and much loved Southern Illinois all with the most agreeable weather of four distinct seasons from spring to summer, fall and winter. Check us out and come join us, you'll like it and stay.