Macomb, lIL – Sherman Hall at WIU was cordoned off while bomb technicians checked out a suspicious package left at the front door. The package was discovered by the custodial staff about 6:30 a.m. Employees were sent to the University Union to await updates. A bomb squad from Springfield checked out the parcel. Employees were allowed to return shortly after 11 a.m. Office of Public Safety Director Robert Fitzgerald says the package, wrapped in grocery-type bags, contained audio-visual equipment.
Western Illinois – At least three people have announced their candidacy to replace Lane Evans as the Democratic nominee for Congress in Illinois' 17th District. The latest person to throw his hat into the ring is State Representative Mike Boland (D-East Moline). Boland says he's progressive on social issues and conservative on fiscal matters. Boland says it's important for the Democratic nominee to hit the ground running and thinks he's prepared to do that. Evans announced late last month that his battle with Parkinson's disease will prevent him from seeking a 13th term.