One year ago, an estimated 3,000 partiers gathered on a two block stretch of Wheeler Street in Macomb to celebrate the approaching end of the WIU school year.
Broken glass littered the street, numerous arrests were made, and a crowd control team was needed to break up the gathering.
The scene was much different this past weekend. Police were there to keep an eye on things but there was not much to see. Several smaller parties were held, no arrests were made, and no citations were issued.
It's been said the devil is in the details, and that's certainly the case as Western Illinois University prepares to tear down an old dorm.
The lowest bidder for the demolition of Wetzel Hall -- Dore & Associates Contracting, Inc of Bay City, MI -- is registered with the state of Illinois. But instead of filing a copy of that certificate as required by the bidding process, the company filed a copy of the cover letter that came with the certificate.
Western Illinois University is known for Sherman Tower and its climbing tower. It might soon be known for a water tower. Talks between WIU and Macomb are ongoing.
Mayor Mike Inman said, “We're hoping to partner with the university on branding the water tower with the university's mascot and logo That, obviously, will be an agreement between us and them but their intention is to underwrite that.”
The project is part of routine maintenance to repaint the tower inside and out this year.