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Interview: Bob Bradley, political science professor emeritus Illinois State University

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Political Science Professor Emeritus from Illinois State University, Bob Bradley, joined us on the WGIL Morning News.

Bob Bradley is a retired political science professor and constitutional scholar. We discussed the latest on immigration reform, the pension situation in Illinois and touched on the grand jury in Ferguson, MO.

Interview: Kevin Walden, Knox Basketball Coach



Knox men’s head basketball coach Kevin Walden is in his third year at the helm. He’s in the midst of rebuilding with a very young team.

The Knox Prairie Fire open their basketball season Saturday, November 15 against Concordia University of Chicago. They’ll have a busy weekend to start as they’ll also play Webster University of St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. Coach Walden has hit the recruiting trail hard and has added size and depth to his young roster. We talked with Coach Walden on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Erika Harold

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Erika Harold won the Miss America crown in 2003. She ran for the seat in the 13th congressional district primary last spring. She has been featured on the Sunday morning political shows among others.

Erika Harold is a native of Urbana. She stayed home and graduated from the University of Illinois. She went on and graduated from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she entered, and won, the 2003 Miss America crown. She ran in the spring primary for the Republican nomination for the 13th Congressional District.  She has been requested as a guest/political analyst on many news outlets including most of the Sunday morning talk shows. She works as an attorney in Urbana. Erika joined us on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Karen Brophy

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The picture is taken from above the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the 2014 New York City Marahon. A former Galesburg resident, Karen Brophy, was in that crowd of runners.

Karen Brophy is a Galesburg High School graduate and attended Carl Sandburg College. That’s where she made a name for herself locally in distance running.She steadily moved up from running cross country to doing road races. Those road races include the Boston Marathon and now the New York City Marathon. We talked with Karen about her NYC Marathon experience on the WGIL Morning News.

Interview: Knox County Sheriff, David Clague

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Knox County Sheriff David Clague has been advocating for the 9-1-1 sales tax referendum that is on the November 4 ballot.

The Knox County government is asking for voters to approve a 1/4 of 1% sales tax to update the County’s 9-1-1 system. This would mean a tax of just $.25 on a $100.00 purchase. Without the update to the system, there is no 9-1-s service for cell phones in the county and the system could go away completely in the county. We talked about the issue with Knox County Sheriff David Clague on the WGIL Morning News.

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.