Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about editorials published by Ogden Newspapers, Inc. Some editorials are worded as if they're written locally but, in fact, are churned out by corporate headquarters in West Virginia.
A number of editorials bashing ACORN have appeared in Ogden newspapers in recent months. In 2008, an Adirondack newspaper published an editorial that stated "We urge residents of our area to cast their ballots for John McCain, the leader Americans need."
Galesburg, IL – Galesburg city leaders are trying to crack down on bar and restaurant owners who refuse to obey Illinois' indoor smoking ban, which applies to most public places.
Aldermen heard first reading of a proposed ordinance that Mayor Sal Garza says is designed to enforce what's already there, and enact some stricter rules. Because Galesburg is a home rule community, it's allowed to pass ordinances that strengthen state law -- but is not allowed to weaken state law.
Lee County, IA – 78% of the households in Lee County returned their forms during the 2000 census. The county is up to 76%, this year, with a few days to go.
The U.S. Census Bureau shortened the form to 10 questions to encourage more people to mail it back.
The agency asked Lee County leaders to focus its awareness efforts on a census tract that includes western Keokuk. The tract that runs from the Highway 61 Bypass to Main Street to the Mississippi River had low participation in 2000.
Macomb, IL – News coverage of the earthquake in Haiti has faded, but some young people in western Illinois have not forgotten about it.
Members of three 4-H clubs - the Town and Country Clovers, the 4-H Goal Diggers, and the McDonough County Mounties - held a "jump-a-thon" in Macomb. 4-H members gathered donations and jumped rope for as long as they could.
The event raised $638.78 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
"I'm just happy that I raised enough money to give Haiti that much money," says Erin Curley, who brought in the most donations.