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Local News Highlights

  • Galesburg Celebrates the Stearman Starting Today >

    9-1-14 Stearman What has turned out to be the largest celebration of a particular World War Two-era biplane in the country is officially underway starting today, though concerns remain at least through today about getting visitors there. Rain continues in the forecast today, but is dry most of the rest of the week, so that means the 43rd National Stearman Fly-In at Read More
  • Local Woman Encourages Ice Bucket Challenge >

    (Bryan and Courtney Eklund. Photo from www.alsa.org)

    A Galesburg-area woman says she's among the many that are thrilled something seemingly crazy has helped raise so much money for people afflicted with a disease affecting her father for over 25 years. Courtney Eklund's father Bryan has had ALD, or, Lou Gehrig's Disease since 1988. She's hosted local fundraiser to help her Read More
  • Rauner Rallies Knox County Party Faithful >

    8-30-14 Rauner 1 The Republican candidate for Governor in Illinois has now made his second campaign appearance in Galesburg in as many weeks. Bruce Rauner brought his "Shake Up Express" Bus Tour to the Knox County GOP headquarters on Galesbug's west end yesterday evening.  The businessman and venture capitalist told the crowd he believes he has the momentum to unseat incumbent Pat Quinn Read More
  • He Said/She Said on Automated Calls Following Teachers Strike >

    Continuing-Coverage Maybe the Galesburg School District should have waited to start telling students school would start on Friday until after the teachers voted on the deal. That's the stance of the Galesburg Education Association -- and that's perhaps saying it nicely. Parents and the teachers union took umbrage Thursday with automated phone calls and e-mails going out announcing the start of school Read More
  • Murder Suspect Makes Court Appearance >

    Christopher Croom A Chicago man made his first appearance in Knox County Circuit Court yesterday afternoon on charges connected to a stabbing incident earlier this month. Knox County Circuit Court records indicate 29-year-old Christopher Croom was appointed Public Defender Jim Harrell during a hearing yesterday afternoon. Croom was arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in the Chicago suburb of Lake in the Hills Read More
  • Sandburg Board Approves NARS Agreement >

    Carl Sandburg College A ceremonial signing will be held later in September for Carl Sandburg College. The school's Board of Trustees, Thursday night, approved an agreement that designates them as a National Academy of Railroad Sciences site. Sandburg worked with Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas as well as BNSF to make the project happen. Development of the program to begin Read More
  • Heavy Police Presence During Holiday Weekend >

    This weekend marks the end of the summer with a number of parties and opportunities to have a good time. However, Galesburg Police want to remind residents to be safe, don't drink-and-drive, and buckle up. The GPD will be out on the streets starting today through Monday and they'll be paying close attention during the late and overnight hours. According Read More
  • Food Pantry Calls for Help on Labor Day >

    FISH Galesburg's FISH Food Pantry is in what might be considered desperate need of help, and they're hoping you do so by taking part in a holiday tradition in Galesburg. FISH says revenue is less than in previous years, while need continues to rise, so while cash donations are always greatly appreciated, they also still need non-perishable goods. New FISH co-treasurer Read More
  • GEA Expresses Frustration After Contract Ratification >

    After the Galesburg Education Association's membership ratified a four-year contract on Thursday, emotions were still running high into the evening. The teachers' union held a press availability to offer some final comments on the contract and provide insight on some of the challenges that lie ahead. GEA Public Relations Team Member and WGIL Sports play-by-play announcer Brad Bennewitz says teachers Read More
  • Strike Officially Settled -- Superintendent Reacts >

    205logobw It probably wasn't as close a vote as the leaders of the Galesburg Education Association wanted, but it still officially gets students in District-205 to classes for the first time starting tomorrow. The GEA rank-and-file voted by about a 52-percent to 48-percent margin according to sources in favor of the collective bargaining agreement announced early this morning, and ending a Read More
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Local Sports Highlights

  • Local Sports 8/31/14 >

    HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL The game didn't end until yesterday due to the rain, but the rout didn't end either. The Stark County Rebels opened the high school football season with a route of the Knoxville Blue Bullets 48-0. Rushville-Industry 20, Harvard 6 HIGH SCHOOL GOLF The first meet of the season for the Galesburg Silver Streaks boys golf team, due Read More
  • Local Sports 8/30/14 >

    HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL The Silver Streaks opened the 2014 campaign with an exciting win 26-22 win versus Moline -- a game that, until Thursday, wasn't a sure thing as the Galesburg teachers strike went on.  Here's more from WGIL's Brad Bennewitz. Elsewhere in Midwest 10 Conference : Quincy 37 - United Township 14 Peoria Central 50 - Rock Island Alleman 7 Rock Island 19 Read More
  • Streaks Pull Off a 4th Quarter Win Over the Maroons >

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    The GHS Silver Streaks football team beat the Moline Maroons Friday 26-22 with a 4th quarter comeback for their season opener. This is the third straight win over the Moline Maroons.   If you missed the game and would like to hear it, click here to listen to it in it's entirety.  

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  • Local Sports 8/29/14 >

    It's off to Moline tonight for the Galesburg Silver Streaks football team. Weeks-long concerns about the ability of the team to play due to the teacher's strike were finally laid to rest yesterday, and the Streaks will not have to forfeit their league opener to the Maroons. Moline had the opportunity to schedule an alternate opponent, and head coach Matt Read More
  • Norvell Throws Western IL Past Valpo >

    MACOMB, Ill. (AP) -- Trenton Norvell fired four touchdown passes and J.C. Baker ran for 137 yards and scored twice to lead Western Illinois to a 45-6 win over Valparaiso in the season opener for both schools Thursday night. The kickoff was delayed briefly by lightning and the Leathernecks made up for lost time. J.C. Baker scored from the 6 to Read More
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