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Big Crowd Takes Back The Night

Macomb, IL – Around 1,000 people gathered in Macomb for an evening of music and speeches. The event was not a concert or a political rally. Rather, they gathered to "Take Back The Night." The rally is designed to increase awareness of sexual violence and to seek an end to such crimes. It's also held to remember and honor victims and survivors. This was the 16th annual "Take Back The Night" rally in Macomb. This year's rally began outside Sherman Hall on the W.I.U. campus before the crowd marched to the McDonough County courthouse. The demonstrators carried candles and the route to the courthouse was lined with luminaries. The glow lit up the streets of Macomb as a symbolic way of taking back the night. Listen to News Director Rich Egger's feature on the rally by clicking on the audio button above.