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Corn Huskers Still Pick by Hand

Oct 7, 2014
Abby Wendle

Dick Humes squinted and sweat as he moved down a row of corn. He sliced through the husk with a metal hook in his right hand, snapped the ear from its stalk with his left, and threw it over his shoulder into a wagon rolling alongside him.

Construction will start soon on the next phase of Western Illinois University's campus in the Quad Cities.

Local and state leaders were on hand Wednesday afternoon to break ground for the second building at the new riverfront campus in Moline.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called it a prudent investment by the people of the state.

"We believe in jobs, and one of the very best ways to have good jobs today and tomorrow is to invest in education," Quinn told the crowd. "We want to make sure that all of our students get a good education."