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Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 03:30 pm

Quick takes

SOMEONE'S WATCHING

Dayton Loyd, a 38-year-old Army intel officer in Springfield, took his children to see Shrek and was appalled by its "profane innuendos." He went on to investigate television and came across Los Angeles-based Parents Television Council.

PTC claims a membership base of 850,000 parents who wage war against all things bad on TV. Loyd recently became president of its new Central Illinois Chapter; about 300 PTC members already live in region, he says. The chapter will "direct our attention toward advertisers, affiliates and sponsors by writing letters and filing FCC complaints. No one is on our immediate radar, though."

Two other PTC chapters operate in Illinois, in Peoria and Carbondale. The latter is directed by Loyd's wife, Daniele. PTC is online at www.parentstv.org. Loyd's chapter can be reached at 800-852-9321.

MADE UP YOUR MIND YET?

On Monday, Feb. 23, Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate will debate at the Old State Capitol from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The debate is sponsored by WBBM Newsradio in Chicago and the Illinois Radio Network. While the event will not be open to the public, it will be aired live on WTAX (AM 1240).

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, watch the Republican candidates spar on public television station WSEC. Still undecided Democrats can tune in the next day, same time.

The Internet-savvy can listen to Republican and Democratic candidate debates from early February. Visit www.chicagopublicradio.org/programs/localnews/election2004_audio.asp. The primary is on Tuesday, March 16.

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