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Local News Highlights

  • Abingdon City Council Decides on Tax Levy >

    After reviewing their fiscal year 2014-2015 budget and going over the possibility of raising the tax levy, the Abingdon City Council decided it was in the best interest of residents to keep the levy as is. According to Mayor John DeJaynes aldermen have the option to raise the tax levy, however they feel there isn't an immediate need to do Read More
  • Court Appearance for Man Accused in Police Standoff >

    Continuing-Coverage POSTED 12:47pm   A rural Cameron man who is accused of engaging in a nearly six hour standoff with police Friday is back in court. Dustin Lewis 28-year-old Dustin Lewis was in Warren County Circuit Court this morning for a first appearance since Public Defender Thom Siegel was appointed to represent him. Lewis faces a Class-X felony charge of Aggravated Discharge of a Read More
  • Polling Place Changes in Knoxville, Abingdon >

    vote Voting is very important, and as October starts to come to a close, the November 4th election is just around the corner. For many, going to the polls is a time-honored tradition, but some of the polling places around the county have changed. Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson tells the WGIL Morning News, some complaints from voters in Knoxville has Read More
  • Knoxville School Board Approves Decentralization from Knox-Warren Special Ed District >

    Knoxville School District Logo It wasn't an easy decision, but the Knoxville School Board decided it would be in the best interest of the district to decentralize from the Knox-Warren Special Education District. Superintendent Steve Wilder told the board this decision has been three years in the making and he knows it's not one that can be taken lightly. Wilder says decentralization would allow Read More
  • City Council Approves Festival Liquor Ordinance >

    galesburg POSTED 7:21pm   The Galesburg City Council took virtually no time Monday night to approve a festival allowing alcohol to be sold and consumed at various outdoor festivals hosted by business associations and civic organizations. Aldermen voted 6-1 to approve a festival liquor ordinance they revised two weeks prior.  The ordinance allows for the issuance of "Class P" liquor licenses to Read More
  • Preparing for the Upcoming Election >

    As the November election approaches there are a number of ways residents can cast their vote. You can wait until the day of the election and head to your polling place or you can vote early. Over the years the idea of voting early has become more popular and Knox County Clerk Scott Erickson tells the WGIL Morning news, back Read More
  • Board to Appeal Former Cop's Pension Ruling >

    IL-GalesburgPD A former Galesburg Police officer may not yet be so quick to get his pension, after a judge granted it two weeks ago despite a criminal conviction. The Galesburg Police Pension Board voted this morning to appeal Knox County Circuit Court Judge Scott Shipplett's October 9th ruling granting 56-year-old David Hendricks his pension, despite being convicted in 2008 of felony Read More
  • Former Mercer County Treasurer Gets Prison Time >

    ALEDO, Ill. (AP) -- The former treasurer of western Illinois' Mercer County has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing $13,000 from his county's E911 fund. The (Moline) Dispatch reports that Mike Bertelsen apologized to Circuit Judge Frank Fuhr before being sentenced Monday. Bertelsen pleaded guilty July 28 to official misconduct and theft counts and has reimbursed $13,000 he Read More
  • Festival Liquor Ordinance Up for Final Council Approval >

    10-13-14 GCC The City of Galesburg may soon finally begin allowing liquor at various festivals in the city, and not just during Railroad Days and the Taste of Galesburg. The City Council tonight is expected to give final approval to an ordinance establishing a Class "P" liquor license for outdoor festivals. The city's Liquor Advisory Commission has worked over a year on Read More
  • Lawmakers Praise Sandburg for Rail Jobs >

    Carl Sandburg College Local lawmakers are praising the prowess of Carl Sandburg College for looking to essentially help the area's largest employer. At a recent legislative luncheon, local representatives in the Illinois General Assembly said they're pleased that Carl Sandburg College entered into an agreement to affiliate with the Kansas-based National Academy of Railroad Sciences, establishing a curriculum here that will ultimately help Read More
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Local Sports Highlights

  • Local Sports 10/21/14 >

    The soccer season may continue, or may come to an end today for several local high school teams. The Galesburg Silver Streaks will be playing at the Dunlap Regional, where they'll face Geneseo this evening at 6:45. The Streaks have won just once so far this year. Meanwhile, the Monmouth/Roseville Titans are at the Class 1A Peoria Christian Sectional in Read More
  • Local Sports 10/20/14 >

    One week remains in the regular season for high school volleyball teams in Illinois, and many area squads will be tuning up for Regional play tonight. The ROWVA Tigers will host Annawan, while United is also at home to Princeville. The Knoxville Blue Bullets go on the road to Bushnell-Prairie City, and Monmouth/Roseville travels to Bureau Valley. The Galesburg Silver Read More
  • Local Sports 10/19/14 >

    HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING AND DIVING Some records fell in what turned out to be the only home meet of the year for the Galesburg Girls Swimming and Diving Team. Pleasant Valley was the meet champion at the Streaks invitational, breaking the GHS record in diving. GHS' Delaney Duncan took records in the 100-yard Freestyle, the 100-Yard Breaststroke, and the 100-Yard Read More
  • Robertson, Illinois State Rally Past Western Illinois >

    MACOMB, Ill. (AP) -- Tre Roberson accounted for four second-half touchdowns and Nick Aussieker kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired, rallying Illinois State past Western Illinois 37-34 on Saturday. The Redbirds (6-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley) faced a 27-6 deficit late in the third quarter, but stormed back as Roberson threw touchdown passes of 10 and 9 yards to James Read More
  • Remembering the Wife of a Coaching Legend >

    The Galesburg community and especially the Galesburg athletic community lost what one person describes as a "force" recently. Marilyn Thiel -- widow of legendary Galesburg Silver Streaks Basketball Coach John Thiel, died October ninth at the age of 85. A funeral service was held several days ago, where among the attendees was longtime former Silver Streaks Player and Coach, and former Read More
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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.