As I mention in my report on our trip, we're staying 2 days in a very nice Holiday Inn Express in Sparta, IL. The local paper reports the local Chrysler dealer has closed and there's a big cutback (33 percent) in human services because of Illinois government problems.
With the coal mines mostly gone, it seems this area is pinning its economic hopes on recreation. Problem is, lots of areas are doing the same thing. Granted, it's the "idle rich", but even they have limits on how much time they can spend recreating.