I went to Western Ill. University for eight years (2 undergrad degrees and MA). My advice - drink heavily!
There used to be tee shirts that said "Where in the hell is Macomb, Il ?" on the front. The back said " Who the f*&k cares!". I think this sums it up.
You can drive to U of I (Champain/Urbana)., they have a club that is ASU. Week ends in St. Louis (2 1/2 hrs. south on hwy 67) can get you some training time as well. Post a reply if St. Louis is an option for you, I can fill you in on several good places to train (sat and
sun. classes), depending on your particular affiliation.Good luck and as the previous reply said you can always try to start your own dojo/club.