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The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus will be open for tours when it stops outside the McGaw YMCA in Evanston on its “Road to the White House” tour.

The C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus will be open for tours when it stops outside the McGaw YMCA in Evanston on its “Road to the White House” tour.

The bus will visit the YMCA, at 1000 Grove St. from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 14. 

Visitors will learn about a variety of Campaign 2012 resources using HD TVs, touch screen computers, laptops, and mobile devices inside the bus.

Those include:

  • C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 website, including video of candidates and campaign events, information on key state races and the electoral college and ways to follow the social media related to the campaign.
  • C-SPAN’s in-depth public affairs event coverage.
  • C-SPAN’s web offerings, including archived video going back to 1987 through C-SPAN’s vast Video Library and Congressional Chronicle.
  • Many ways to connect with C-SPAN on the go including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, XM Radio, and iPhone and Blackberry apps.

McGaw YMCA leaders say the visit should encourage young people, in particular to enhance their understanding of how the political system works and encourage them to participate in it.

C-SPAN bus stops in the the Chicago area produced in partnership with Comcast, and there will also be information available about low-cost access to the internet for families that qualify for free and reduced-cost school lunches.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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