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Eighth Issue of Western Illinois Magazine Now Available

May 7, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - Western Illinois University students have produced the Spring/Summer 2013 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 includes: a look inside the historic Bartonville Asylum near Peoria, which is now open to the public; Galesburg's comic book crackdown in the 1950s; a profile of Sara Platt, owner of Quincy's Sweet Apricot Shop and a feature on the cool and crazy town slogans and mottos found in Western Illinois.

Additionally, issue number eight contains profiles on Alton's remarkable Robert Wadlow, once the world's tallest man; Kewanee's Glidden brothers, who became prolific writers of western novels in the 1940s and 50s; the art and craft of making beer at home; Nauvoo's traditional woodworker Lon Simpson; Springfield's early 20th century poet extraordinaire Vachel Lindsay and a spotlight on the historic Carthage Jail.

The 40-page, student-run magazine is produced once each semester. The editor-in-chief for the Spring/Summer 2013 issue is James Needham, a senior journalism major from Ware, MO. Senior journalism major Jennifer Wilson of Galesburg, IL, serves as managing editor and Steve Lutz, a senior journalism major from Bourbonnais, IL, serves as the art director. Advisers 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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