Macomb, IL – A new exhibit in Macomb shows off the work of an award-winning artist from China. Chuangao Yu is in Macomb for several months to visit his daughter Jing Yu, who works at WIU. They wanted to display some of his work in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations, which began over the weekend. Their search took them to The Wine Sellers on the courthouse square, which is now showing a number of his pieces through the end of February. Chuangao Yu uses a brush pen on special rice paper to create images in a traditional Chinese style.
Macomb, IL – Former pornstar Ron Jeremy told a crowded audience at WIU how he got into the industry and why he wants to move into mainstream films. Jeremy has left the porn industry, but says he's finding restrictions in his efforts to move to regular movies. He says he will never be cast into a recurring role on television. However, he finds younger directors intrigued with his notoriety. He has been a voice in several animated cartoons and in video games. Jeremy says the next major expansion of pornography could be downloads onto cell phones.
Fort Madison, IA – Military veterans will soon have more of an opportunity to access benefits and assistance in Lee County. The Board of Supervisors has approved expanding the hours for Veteran's Affairs Director Paul Carroll from 12/week to 20/week. Chairman George Morgan says having Lee County's VA office open just 12 hours per week is not providing veterans enough of an opportunity to apply for benefits. Morgan expects the office to be open 4 hours/day, 5 days/week, instead of the current 3 hours/day, 4 days/week.
Macomb, IL – Macomb Police are seeking citizen help at identifying possible drug houses. Detective Lieutenant Chris Mason says short-staffing has hindered full investigation. He's developed a tip sheet that lists details about possible drug activity at a private home. It's available from the department and will soon be on the department's web site at www.macombpolice.com. Mason says all tips will be investigated. He says the more information submitted about a possible drug house, the easier it will be for police to complete the investigation and file charges.