Leaders of social service agencies in McDonough County have shared their stories of service with a HUD administrator. Antonio Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator, accepted an invitation from the McDonough County Housing Authority to view the opportunities and challenges of providing such housing in a rural area.
Riley said the level of cooperation he saw in McDonough County is rare outside large, urban areas.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed energy legislation that critics say could have raised the price of natural gas around the state.
The legislation would have forced natural gas companies Ameren and Nicor to buy synthetic gas produced by the Leucadia plant in order to help pay for its construction. The plant was proposed to be built on Chicago's south side. Leucadia planned to use technology that converts Illinois coal into gas.