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.
Macomb, IL – A man who worked to make rural Illinois a better place is retiring from his job at Western Illinois University. Norm Walzer was the founding director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, which is headquartered at WIU. He says the IIRA grew out of a task force on the future of rural Illinois. The plan was to improve opportunities and the quality of life in rural regions. Walzer thinks the IIRA has accomplished that. He says the challenges facing rural Illinois when the IIRA began in 1989 included high unemployment and population loss.