Bug City Express
This is an Aztechnology town, though you’d never know it from the outside. They invested heavily in the local light industry sector and the new docks through local subsidiaries of Illinois Precision Tool Works, Azteca Food Processing, and the Great Lakes Shipping Company. There’s a strong Latino-American community in Gary, and not a few street gangs, but the majority of the population are blue-collar workers like those that you’d find anywhere else in the country.
Gary’s mayor, Arleen Daley of the famous Daley dynasty of Chicago politicians, has worked aggressively to expand her city’s borders into Illinois, having annexed (by popular vote and favorable court ruling) East Chicago, Calumet City, and Chicago Heights. It’s an open secret that Daley is double dipping, taking bribes from both the Detroit Mob and the Azzies to turn a blind eye to union-busting, smuggling, and the BTL dens right over the border in Southside.