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Local News Highlights

  • Knoxville High Schoolers Return In New Building >

    It was an even playing field for everyone at Knoxville High School as freshman and seniors alike entered the new building for the first time. Everyone, regardless of their first year or their last, had the same deer-in-headlights look on their faces as they tried to figure out where their classes were and how to navigate the multi-million dollar building. Read More
  • Monmouth Entertainment Venue Expands Services >

    The Rivoli Theatre in Monmouth is sort of going back to its glory days. The theatre - which is currently used as an entertainment venue to host weddings, banquets, and concerts - is now going to offer movies. Owner-operator Andy Waters says they're not going to be showing first release movies, but movies that have been out for awhile. Waters tells WGIL Read More
  • City Council to Consider Temporary Parking for Silas Willard >

    galesburg Construction of the new Silas Willard school building will soon begin, but the City of Galesburg may soon be playing a role in finding parking. Because the new site of the building will take up plenty of space, the need for additional parking for parents and faculty has become apparent. The City of Galesburg met with representatives of District 205 Read More
  • Noted Sandburg Biographer Dies >

    (Penelope Niven speaks in April at the Sandburg Days Festival.  Courtesy Sandburg Days Festival Facebook page.)

    (Penelope Niven speaks in April at the Sandburg Days Festival. Courtesy Sandburg Days Festival Facebook page.)

    A woman with a nearly direct tie to Galesburg, but known more for writing about Galesburg's most famous native son, has died. The Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina says Penelope Niven died last Thursday at the age of 75. She reportedly had driven herself Read More
  • Thanking Labor While Labor Thanks Public >

    9-1-14 Teachers Union The Galesburg community, as it always does, came out in droves today to celebrate and thank those involved in labor unions and the local labor movement. But at least some were there to celebrate the public, too. Hundreds of members of the Galesburg Education Association joined in on the Galesburg Labor Day Parade this morning -- just days after their two-weeks Read More
  • Lawmaker Says School Strike Fault of State >

    (State Rep. Don Moffitt walks the Labor Day Parade Monday in Galesburg.)

    (State Rep. Don Moffitt walks the Labor Day Parade Monday in Galesburg.)

    A local lawmaker says if you want to place blame anywhere for the just-ended strike of Galesburg teachers, blame the State of Illinois. While the Galesburg Education Association says their grievances with District-205 weren't about money, 74th District State Representative Don Moffitt says the contract issues might be Read More
  • 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 ALS, 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
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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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