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Old 04-10-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Floyd County, IN
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I'd go for Metropolis IL. You are 5 minutes from Paducah, KY which has plenty of shopping; 1 hour from Marion and Carbondale. And there are lots of natural parks where you can hike. The weather is warmer there than the rest of the state.
That area is pretty brutal for allergy sufferers and all areas along the Ohio River have poor air quality.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:11 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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There are many nice towns along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.
That is true.
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Old 04-10-2017, 03:50 PM
 
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Maybe something in the vicinity of Lake Carlyle? Close to St. Louis (an hour, give or take), closer yet to shopping in Metro East (Fairview Heights/O'Fallon), lots of biking/hiking trails, great fishing and boating, etc.
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Old 04-10-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Il
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While the big superman statue is nice, the OP indicated that his wife wants city trappings. You won't get that in Metropolis.

Paducah, nearby has plenty of shopping options in my opinion. In that case, you might as well live in Paducah then, I guess.
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Old 04-13-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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I know someone who is a veteran and pays no property taxes here in Illinois. That is a great thing. The cost of living is high in most parts of Illinois. You can try living in the western suburbs of Chicago, some are very pretty (man made pretty) with nice parks, towns and trails to walk on and we have lots of Forest preserves. You won't get a river view necessarily or a water view but some places have artificial lakes or ponds. There is a large veteran's hospital at Hines. I'm just mentioning the Chicago suburbs because no one else has. Plenty of place to rent or buy, there are small homes, condos and townhomes. You have a lot of cultural things in Chicago and shopping and restaurants galore.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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I know someone who is a veteran and pays no property taxes here in Illinois. That is a great thing. The cost of living is high in most parts of Illinois. You can try living in the western suburbs of Chicago, some are very pretty (man made pretty) with nice parks, towns and trails to walk on and we have lots of Forest preserves. You won't get a river view necessarily or a water view but some places have artificial lakes or ponds. There is a large veteran's hospital at Hines. I'm just mentioning the Chicago suburbs because no one else has. Plenty of place to rent or buy, there are small homes, condos and townhomes. You have a lot of cultural things in Chicago and shopping and restaurants galore.
To be exempt from Illinois property tax a veteran would need a disability rating of 70% or greater. It is probably not the wisest thing for some one so impaired to live anywhere without assistance, especially rural areas...

38 CFR Book C, Schedule for Rating Disabilities - Web Automated Reference Material System
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Thanks you for taking the time to reply to my retirement in Illinois inquiry !
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Thanks you for taking the time to reply to my retirement in Illinois inquiry !
I second the Shawnee National Forest area suggestion. Beautiful hills, waterfalls, canyons, woods, and its quite a bit warmer than northern IL with snowfall that often melts off very quickly.
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