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The latest edition of Western Illinois Magazine is available around campus in newsstands that carry the Western Courier newspaper.
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New Issue of Western Illinois Magazine Now Available

December 5, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University students have produced the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Western Illinois Magazine, a free, bi-annual publication that showcases interesting people, places and things in the Western Illinois region.

The new issue, available at campus newsstands now, includes the last interview ever conducted with former Forgottonia Governor Neal Gamm, who unexpectedly passed away in October. Other features include a look back at the murder-suicide that spelled the end of the legendary Decker Press in Prairie City, a visit to Kewanee's fabulous and freaky Woodland Palace and a tour of the historic Keokuk Dam, which helped tame the Mississippi River.

Additionally, issue number seven contains stories about the mysterious Macomb Firestarter, Golden's impressive windmill, one man's quest to restore Western Illinois' graveyards, the tale of the Gooseneck Ghost, the annual Spoon River Drive and a look at the quirkiest things found in Western Illinois.

The 40-page, student-run magazine is produced once each semester. The editor in chief for the Fall/Winter issue is Reilly Maloney, a senior English major/journalism minor from Homewood (IL). Senior journalism major Michelle Baranauskis serves as managing editor, and James Needham, a senior journalism major, is the art director. Advisors include Rich Moreno, director of Student Publications at WIU, and Lisa Kernek, a WIU journalism professor.

To obtain a free copy of the issue, e-mail your name and address to

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