The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

August 15, 2007

Democratic fundraiser puts Clinton in national spotlight

CLINTON — Four of the eight Democratic candidates for president will be in Clinton this weekend during a state representative’s annual corn boil.

John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd are scheduled to appear at Rep. Polly Bukta’s annual corn boil this Saturday at Alliant Energy Field.

“It’s not a usual thing to have four presidential candidates in one place at one time,” Bukta said. “This is the biggest fundraiser I’ve ever held.”

According to Julie Allesee, director of the Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event should make national headlines.

“This will call a tremendous amount of media attention to Clinton,” Allesee said. “That is invaluable.”

Bukta, of Clinton, who is currently serving her sixth term as a state representative, hopes the event will give the country “a little peek of a little river town in Iowa” and show that the Midwest is not “all farm fields.”

Also slated for appearances are U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley, Sens. Roger Stewart, D-Preston, and Frank Wood, D-Eldridge, and former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack. Presidential candidate Barack Obama, who is unavailable to attend, will send Oklahoma congressman Brad Carson in his place, and an as-yet unnamed surrogate will stand in for candidate Bill Richardson.

In years past the corn boil was held at Bukta’s home, which accommodated 200 to 300 people.

“But we’re expecting a much larger crowd this year,” Bukta said.

This year’s 12th annual event will begin with lunch at noon, and the program will start at 1 p.m. The candidates are each slated to give a short speech in the order they arrive. Bukta anticipates they will then go into the crowd.

“People will have the opportunity to shake their hand and speak to them more face to face,” Bukta said. Each of the candidates also will have a table set up with information packets and items available for purchase.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-16-14 Braley Visit Local candidates gear up for primary election CLINTON -- The campaign trail is heating up a little early this year for Iowa politicians as the primary election is on the horizon and many challengers await. Three Republican primary races are causing those candidates to get their names and faces o

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • City considers upsizing storm sewer capacity CAMANCHE -- Residential development is a key component to the fortitude of Camanche, according to city leaders so they are taking the steps necessary to keep it an appealing location for future investors. To do so, those leaders are looking to up siz

    April 16, 2014

  • Schools will continue sports-sharing agreements CLINTON -- Students attending Camanche, Central DeWitt, Northeast and Prince of Peace schools still will be able to participate in the athletic programs offered in the Clinton School District. At a meeting Monday, Clinton School Board members approve

    April 16, 2014

  • Sex abuse trial continues CLINTON -- Assistant County Attorney Ross Barlow began his case Tuesday against a man charged with sexual abuse of a 3-year-old girl. Russell McColley, 39, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony carrying as much as 25 years in

    April 16, 2014

  • Cattail Slough closed due to high water FULTON, Ill. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that Cattail Slough recreation area south of Fulton has been closed due to high water levels. The recreation area will remain closed until it has dried out sufficie

    April 16, 2014

  • Thefts from farms investigated MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Carroll County Crime Stoppers is asking for help to solve two recent burglaries being investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. A caller could receive a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to an ar

    April 16, 2014

  • MAP: January & February arrests by ward

    The monthly arrest reports for January and February indicate 139 total arrests were made by Clinton police during that time period.

    April 15, 2014

  • 4-15-14 Clinton School Board Meeting UPDATED: School board finalizes new budget, cuts positions

    Job cuts in the Clinton School District were made official this week.

    Clinton School Board members approved 12 job cuts in February to make up a $907,751 deficit in the fiscal year 2014-15 school district budget. On Monday, the board unanimously approved the final budget, which included the cuts.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15-14 jail photo County hears jail proposal

    CLINTON -- A needs assessment study on the Clinton County Jail and communications department is bringing forth more questions on how the city and county will proceed. Former Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission Coordinator Brian McKenrick a

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sex abuse trial under way in Clinton CLINTON -- Prosecutors will present their case today in the trial of a Clinton man accused of sexual abusing a 3-year-old girl. The trial against Russell S. McColley, 39, began late Monday afternoon. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a c

    April 15, 2014

Clinton Herald photos

Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.