I completely understand that a local gig will be tough to get and I am fully prepared to go over the road or do regional work. My goal is to get on with a company that has a terminal located in either Southern IL or NW Ohio. I may be wrong, but I figure that if I live near my home terminal, my chances of getting home for the occasional 10 or 34 hour break might be better. Also, if my truck needs maintenance and I live near the shop, again, I might get a chance to see my wife and baby a bit more often, even if it is only for a couple of hours or so. In Illinois, Henderson and Marvin Keller have terminals within an hour of my home, as does Conway freight, but they aren't hiring at the moment. Star runs through the area frequently, as well.
If my thinking is faulty in this, please correct me.