The O'Fallon Journal, the hometown paper of MEDAC chairman Steve Blechle, has an excellent story about the rally:
The gathering of 300 to 400 politically diverse constituents included a busload of residents from St. Louis. In addition to those on the main floor, spectators crowded the railings and looked down from upper floors of the historic building.
Some carried signs that said "Hands Off My House." They chanted "No compromise!" during speeches...
The state's three top Republicans offered their support: Gov. Matt Blunt; House Speaker Rod Jetton; and Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons.
Also invited to speak at the Capitol rally was downtown O'Fallon businessman Steve Blechle, who in 2003 helped defeat a sweeping redevelopment plan for the city's downtown.
"Your home is supposed to be your castle," Blechle said. "If you don't change the way these laws are now, your home could become a White Castle."