Plan For 20,000-Hog Facility Sparks Revolt In Western Illinois

Gravel crunching beneath their wheels, cars and pickup trucks pulled up at twilight around the one-room schoolhouse in Bernadotte Township.

A powerful pork company was planning a 20,000-hog confinement near the storied Spoon River in western Illinois, and a dozen neighbors were gathering to fight for their creeks, clear air, one-lane roads and rural way of life.

They exchanged greetings in the dim light inside, some squatting to fit onto children's chairs.

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