The City of Mesa's "iMesa" initiative has brought forth such citizen requests for their town as a downtown microbrewery, nightlight and tall buildings, as well as an entertainment complex and college campuses. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Country Music artist Kellie Pickler entertains a lunch time crowd at Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill in Mesa Wednesday afternoon Aug 17, 2011. Darryl Webb/AFN
Pictured is Benedictine University's main campus in Lisle, Ill.
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