Welcome to the forums from another Forum Newbie.
My wife and I grew up in Rockford, spent a lot of time in the bad spots. We moved to Machesney Park - it is somewhat better, I think. At least the folks with guns here are more apt to check up on their neighbor's safety than to invade their safety.
We would love to meet anybody who wants to meet us. Talk about things, and just have real life friends who understand poly.