McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes said voters were at her office when the doors opened at 8:00 am for the first day of early voting on October 22.
DeJaynes said early voting should help ease the rush on election day (November 6).
“I do not think we will have lines for election day. Really the only places that we have ever had lines are in the college precincts and early voting at the university has cured that problem,” DeJaynes said.
Rural parts of Illinois do not have adequate access to emergency medical services. That's the conclusion of a state panel assigned to study how the state can better serve its farm communities.
After months of surveys and meeting with people around Illinois, representatives from the Governor's Rural Affairs Council say they repeatedly heard from people worried about "the fragile nature of rural EMS."
A new guide makes it a bit easier to find some of McDonough County’s rural cemeteries. The full color publication was put together by the McDonough County Historical Society. The Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the GIS Center at Western Illinois University also helped with the project.
The Historical Society’s Gil Belles said people are interested in cemeteries for a variety of reasons.
“There are a lot of people who just love to go into cemeteries. They’re quiet, they’re peaceful, you can look at the native flora and fauna and the birds,” Belles said.