I’m a pessimist, and I've been feeling gloomy about the future of our region with the bad news from Western Illinois University. There are fewer students, more jobs lost and the sudden, unexplained defunding of this NPR affiliate, Tri States Public Radio. Faculty, staff and community members feel left out of the decision-making process. There is a rolling negative effect outside of the university campus on Macomb and the region and the people living here.
But I’ve been hanging around some optimists. They have made me look beyond WIU to find the good things happening in our community.