East St. Louis Cops Outgunned as Police Cuts Let Killers Thrive
Steve Nagy/Belleville News-Democrat via AP Photo
A man walks outside Club VIP in East St. Louis, Illinois where gunfire erupted killing three people and wounding two others on Sept. 23, 2012. East St. Louis’s economic base is now dominated by gambling and liquor. Forty-five percent of its general-fund revenue comes from Casino Queen and another 15 percent from businesses, including nightclubs, that sell alcohol.