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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.

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.

Interview: Barry Swanson, Roger Coleman

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Late, former Galesburg High School basketball coach John Thiel’s widow Marilyn passed away last weekend.  Former WGIL General Manager Roger Coleman and former Silver Streak player and coach Barry Swanson share their thoughts and memories.

Barry Swanson played basketball for John Thiel and later became the Silver Streak’s head coach himself. Roger Coleman spent time as General Manager at WGIL and was a very good friend with John Thiel. The coach’s widow, Marilyn, passed away over the weekend. Many Galesburg residents have fond memories of the coach and his wife. We’ll talked about many of those on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: ROWVA FCCLA, Celebrate My Drive

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The ROWVA chapter of FCCLA will once again be participating in State Farm’s ‘Celebrate My Drive’ contest.

‘Celebrate My Drive’ is a nationwide contest sponsored by State Farm that gets teens to commit to safe driving. The ROWVA chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is once agan participating in the contest. They finished in the top 10 previously and are looking to improve on that finish. The winning school will receive a $100,000.00 grant for their school along with a concert by country group ‘The Band Perry’.  We talked with ROWVA FCCLA members on the WGIL Morning News. You can help them out by going to celebratemydrive.com through October 24.