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Meet Your Neighbor

By Christy Kienast, The Quill

Meet your neighbor and Illini West Senior Dalton Elliott of La Harpe who was born on August 10, 1995 at McDonough District Hospital and raised in La Harpe.

Dalton is the son of Joe and Dottie Elliott.

His father Joe is a correctional officer in Ft. Madison where Iowa's toughest criminals are housed, including some who are mentally ill.

The 1839 Iowa State Penitentiary complex has been replaced with a new $130 million dollar updated prison with some 800 inmates set to transfer there in March of 2014.

Dalton's mother Dottie works for Crop Production Services and Dalton has worked at Crop Production Services for one month now.

During high school, Dalton has played football with the jersey #40 and baseball as #21 for Illini West coaches in Carthage. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, watching television and hunting. His most memorable high school moment is Illini West Homecoming week.

After graduating from Illini West in May of 2014, Dalton plans on attending Spoon River College and playing baseball and studying criminal justice. Then, he wants to eventually transfer to Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Spoon River College is located in Canton, and is one of 48 two-year, open-admission colleges of the Illinois Community College System. Its main campus is on 160 acres of land four miles from the city of Canton.

In 1984, a large second location,"the Macomb Campus", was opened and occupied the old Macomb High School building. The building required extensive renovation which took ten-years and $2.6 million to complete.

The college holds for-credit classes at learning centers in Havana, and Rushville and holds non-credit and career development classes at two Community Outreach Centers in Macomb and Canton.

Demand for both credit and non-classes and training at the Macomb Campus has led to the building of an expansion center. The $2.2 million phase one portion of the project was completed in August 2009 with another large $10 million expansion in the works.

Spoon River College currently operates a satellite campus at the local Illinois River Correctional Center under contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections. .