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It looks like a civic arts plaza proposed for downtown Freeport will happen, and officials from the city and the Freeport Art Museum have high hopes for the project.

On a cold and blustery day, Freeport Art Museum executive director Jessica Modica shows off a bare grassy field on the north side of Freeport’s historic downtown. She says this will, one day,  all be part of a cultural campus.

There’s already a start, with the public library, the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square and the 100-year-old Union Dairy all across the street.

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Fourteen people, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after marching onto the grounds of the Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport. They're protesting the company's decision to move 170 jobs from the northwest Illinois city to China.