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Writing Letters to Editors

You can submit letters to all of the following papers. These are ALL critical to make sure that each specific message is spread as far as possible.

  • Be sure to ICC info and docket 12-0560.
  • Make sure to give a brief summary of Rock Island Clean Line (RICL).
  • Limit your letter to about 250 words - most newspapers reserve the right to edit for length.
  • Be brief, to the point and try to avoid sarcasm or verbal attacks.
  • The tone of your letter may determine whether it is published.
  • Try to make your point as quickly and concisely, using facts or figures to back up your position.
  • Follow up with ways the reader can help or people they might contact.
  • Include your name, address, email and phone number.


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LaSalle Tribune:

Linda Kleczewski, [email protected]

Mendota Reporter:

Bonnie Morris, 815-539-9396, [email protected], [email protected]

Ottawa Times:

Mike Murphy, [email protected]

Sauk Valley Media (815-625-3600):

Jerry Rogers - Managing Editor, [email protected]

Larry Lough - Executive Editor, [email protected]

3200 E. Lincolnway, Sterling, IL 61081

Prophetstown Echo (815-537-5107):

Dan Eyrich - Editor, [email protected]

342 Washington Street, Prophetstown, IL 61277

Whiteside News Sentinel (WNS) (815-772-7244):

[email protected]

100 E. Main Street, Morrison, IL 61270

The Journal (815-589-2424):

[email protected]

1009 4th Street, Fulton, IL 61252

The Review (309-659-2761):

[email protected]

910 Albany Street, Erie, IL 61250

Kewanee Star Courier (309-852-2181):

Mike Landis - Editor

Mike Berry - Associate Editor

105 East Central Boulevard, Kewanee, IL 61443

Geneseo Republic (309-944-2119):

Lisa Depies - Editor

108 W. First Street, Geneseo, IL 61254

The Dispatch/Argus (309-757-4990):

Kendra Burrows - Editorial Page Editor, [email protected]

Bureau County Republican:

[email protected]


Instead of ICC docket info, comments can be made on the Iowa Utilities Board Electronic Filing Page.

Docket # NOI-2011-0002.

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier:

[email protected]

The Gazette:

Opinion page editor: [email protected]

Vicki Decker, [email protected]

Quad-City Times (563-383-2320):

Mark Ridolfi - Editorial Page Editor, [email protected]

500 E. 3rd Street, Davenport, IA 5280