Macomb, IL – An open space on the Western Illinois University campus has been transformed into a space filled with American flags. The display came to life over the course of a 34-hour vigil held to honor the soldiers and citizens who've died as a result of the war in Iraq. The name of each American soldier killed was read during the vigil. A small American flag was then placed in the ground and a minute of silence was observed. By the end of the vigil, more than 2,000 flags filled the campus commons area behind Stipes Hall. Graduate student Jason Reitz organized the vigil.
Aledo, IL – A businessman and sports agent is trying for the Republican nomination for the 17th District Congressional Seat. Brian Gilliland says restoring the district's economy should be one of the top priorities of the district's Representative. He also believes a Congressman must work closely with state legislators and business groups to help retain local businesses. Gilliland believes he's not in either extreme wing of the Republican Party, so his campaign should appeal to some of the Democratic voters.
Rushville, IL – The Schuyler-Industry school board has approved the first reading of a code of conduct for spectators at all activities. Superintendent Matt Plater says the goal is to focus attention on those taking part in competition and to eliminate distractions from the audience. Plater says under current regulations, referees can order those causing a disturbance to leave. The new code could bar people from attending a game or contest for 30 days. It would need to be approved by the school board one more time to become effective.