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Interview: Joel Estes, Damon Tameo/Blessings in a Backpack

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Former District #205 Assistant Superintendent Joel Estes and Knox College Head football coach Damon Tameo are involved in an event to benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

The Knox College and Illinois College football teams worked together on a charitable project in Jacksonville last season. The schools/teams are joining forces once again to benefit the local Blessings in a Backpack program. The event will take place in conjunction with the football game between the teams at the Knosher Bowl. It will not only help gather food for children in need but the children who benefit from the local program will have a chance to run on the field prior to the game. Students from Steele, Nielsen and King schools are invited to lead the Prairie Fire team onto the field. Fans are encouraged to bring a can of chicken soup to the game. The goal is to collect 1400 cans. That would provide enough food for 2 weeks in backpacks.  We talked about the program and event with Joel Estes and Damon Tameo on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon in running for the position of Illinois Comptroller.

The election is just over a week away.  One of the many contested statewide races in is for the position of State Comptroller. Current  Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is the democratic candidate running against republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka. We talked with the Lieutenant Governor on the WGIL Morning News.

Galesburg Silver Streaks Football vs Peoria High Lions

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The GHS Silver Streaks lost to the Peoria High Lions 61-35. This makes the Silver Streaks 5-4 to end the regular season and the Lions are left 8-1. Tomorrow night around 8pm we will find out where, when, and if the Streaks will be playing next in the play-offs. Tune in to 1400am WGIL tomorrow around that time to catch the standings for local area teams as well as the Streaks themselves.

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Interview: Dr. John Asplund

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Farmington Central School District #265 is embarking on a $1.8 million solar power project. When completed, it will be the largest project of it’s kind in the country.

Farmington Central Schools superintendent Dr. John Asplund announced a district solar power project Monday. The $1.8 million project will be partially funded by a $1.15 million grant and partially paid by the school district. It will be the largest solar power project of it’s kind at any public school in the nation. It’s expected to pay for itself within 7 to 10 years. We talked about the project with John Asplund on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Magician Bill Blagg

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The Orpheum Theater welcomes magician Bill Blagg.

Magician Bill Blagg will perform at the Orpheum Theater as part of their Red Carpet Series. Bill Blagg was called “simply amazing” by the Chicago Tribune. He describes his style as a mix of every magic show you may have seen. You’ll be able to check out his unique magic show Friday night at the Orpheum. We talked with Bill on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson

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Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson has some information on new locations for polling places and early voting.

Early voting is under way in the State of Illinois, including here in Knox County. There will be at least of couple of polling places in the county that will have different locations for the November 4th election. Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson has information about the new locations as well as the start of the early voting period. Scott joined us on the WGIL Morning News.

Galesburg Silver Streaks Football vs Quincy Blue Devils

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The GHS Silver Streaks fought hard to beat Quincy 35-28 Friday night. Galesburg never lead until the game went in to overtime, but they never gave up either. They kept tying it up every time Quincy answered back with their own TD’s. Once in overtime, Galesburg scored off of their first play and lead for the first time 35-28. Possession then went to the Blue Devils and they fumbled on their first play and the Streaks quickly recovered thus ending the game and winning it for Galesburg. This makes the streaks eligible for the play-offs and this is the first time in 23 years that Galesburg got a piece of the conference championship. This as well as the new Van Dyke field being dedicated tonight makes this night an extremely special one. The Streaks will play again next Friday against Peoria Central.

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