CBS dispatched Katie Couric to anchor from Chicago. This allowed her to offer a backgrounder on Obama. She visited the Altgeld Gardens housing project on the Far South Side where the senator cut his teeth as a community organizer. Obama worked in the so-called "toxic doughnut" neighborhood--it is surrounded by industrial pollution--for the faith-based Developing Communities Project for four years in the 1980s. Activist Loretta Augustine recalled Obama heckling a City Hall fixer on her behalf: "We want to hear from Loretta. Let Loretta talk."
Continuing the Illinois theme, Cynthia Bowers traveled to the state's cornfields 200 miles to the south, where prosperity reigns in the "golden age of agriculture." Demand for corn for ethanol will divert 25% of this year's harvest, driving up the cost of animal feed--and therefore eggs and chickens already, pork and beef eventually.
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