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  • Election Preview Special Saturday on WGIL's "Galesburg Live" >

    SpotLit-Election-Prev-Tomor WGIL's "Galesburg Live" will focus Saturday on some the people you'll be asked to vote for in Tuesday's General Election. Will Stevenson, Tom Meredith, and Jim Lee have talked with candidates for the Knox County Board, Knox County Clerk, and Knox/Henderson/Mercer/Warren Regional Superintendent of Schools. We'll air those interviews from Read More
  • WGIL Live Coverage Saturday: First Lady Campaigns for Bustos >

    Listen Live Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will get some big name political support on Saturday -- and this time, it will be close to Galesburg.  First Lady Michele Obama will be campaigning in the 17th District for Bustos, Governor Pat Quinn, and Senator Dick Durbin.  Mrs. Obama will be close to Galesburg, using Wharton Read More
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Local News Highlights

  • Burglary Suspects Make Court Appearances >

    Two of the four people arrested in recent days for a string of suspected burglaries in Knox County have made court appearances. 28-year-old Ryan Raymond made an appearance in Knox County Circuit Court this afternoon on five felony counts each of Burglary and Burglary Accountability. Raymond was arrested last night in connection with the burglaries that happened to ATM's and Read More
  • Food Donation Program Puts Call out to Community >

    The Blessings in a Backpack program is designed to help provide weekend meals to students who have trouble getting food at home during that time due to various reason. More than 3-hundred kids in Galesburg are helped through this program. Blessing in a Backpack's Joel Estes says it takes about 80-dollars a year to fill each backpack for one child. Read More
  • Police Doing Extra Patrols for Halloween >

    IL-GalesburgPD Galesburg Police are warning you that things could be a lot more spooky than Halloween would normally allow, if you have to spend part of the night in jail. Police say thanks to grant money from the Illinois Department of Transportation, they will be conducting extra patrols tonight -- not necessarily to make sure kids are safe trick-or-treating, but because adults Read More
  • Galesburg Public Library Board Talks Budget >

    Galesburg Public Library The news wasn't as bad as members of the Galesburg Public Library Board of Trustees finance committee thought, but it also wasn't the best news either. Committee member Guy Cahill went over the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget with the board yesterday, and explained there's a $2,000 surplus; however it comes a some cost. Cahill explained he and Library Director Harriet Zipfel Read More
  • Fourth Suspect in String of Burglaries Arrested >

    Breaking News FIRST REPORTED 7:00am   Knox County prosecutors confirm that a total of four people are now in custody, accused of committing break-ins to businesses and ATM's throughout Knox County over a two-month period. Knox County Assistant State's Attorney Elisa Tanner confirms 28-year-old Ryan Raymond was arrested yesterday evening by Galesburg police on five Knox County warrants charging Burglary.  This, after Tanner Read More
  • Intellihot Gets Money to Advance Clean Energy >

    A company that started at the Galesburg Sustainable Business Center is being recognized by the Illinois Clean Energy Fund with a $400,000 award. Intellihot which makes tank-less water heaters for residential and commercial use plans on using the money to continue to improve their product and continue to find ways to help people lower their energy consumption. Intellihot President, Sridhar Read More
  • Lawmaker Says Obamacare Repeal Still Needed >

    A local lawmaker says as long as they're serving, they will continue to try and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Problem is, however, not in getting legislation to a vote in the House. Congressmen Aaron Schock says he's glad to hear that former Congressman Bobby Schilling -- running for his seat again - is supportive of continued efforts to try and get Read More
  • Convicted Killer Apologizes for 2011 Viola Murder >

    William White ALEDO, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois man convicted of killing his estranged wife tells a Moline newspaper he pleaded guilty earlier this week because he "couldn't deal with it" anymore. William "Pete" White Jr. bludgeoned Melissa White to death outside their Viola home three years ago. White spoke with The (Moline) Dispatch on Wednesday, his legs shackled in the visiting room Read More
  • Questions Answered About Proposed Stormwater Utility Tax >

    10-29-14 Stormwater Tax Meeting The City of Galesburg wants to do a better job of maintaining the city's storm sewers, but needs more money to do it. The first of two public meetings on a proposed storm water utility tax was held yesterday at City Hall. Another is tonight at 5:30. The city says it needs as much as a million dollars a year Read More
  • County Board Approved County IT Position >

    Knox County Seal Although the measure passed by a vote of 13 to 1 some Knox County Board members still had questions to why the County wanted to move forward with hiring a new full-time IT person. Both Cheryl Nache and Paul Stewart questioned the sense behind spending the money on a full-time position which includes benefits when the County is in such Read More
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Local Sports Highlights

  • Local Sports 10/31/14 >

    Here's today's sports schedule Volleyball Two members of the Galesburg Silver Streaks volleyball squad have been selected to the Western Big 6 All-Conference Team. Junior middle hitter Shayli Florine was named to the first team, and senior outside hitter Brooke VanHottegem was named as honorable mention in the voting of the league's coaches. League champion Rock Island placed four on Read More
  • Local Sports 10/30/14 >

    Here's today's sport's schedule Volleyball High school volleyball regional championship matches will be played tonight around the state. Locally, the 3A title is at stake in Galesburg where top-seeded Bartonville Limestone will face second-seeded Monmouth/Roseville. In Abingdon, the 2A title matchup features #1 seed United against #3 seed Farmington. And in Oneida, highly-touted Kewanee Wethersfield will square off against the Read More
  • Local Sports 10/29/14 >

    A pair of area class 1A football teams are at the top of the final Associated Press high school rankings as they go into the opening weekend of the playoffs. Stark County has moved up to the #1 spot this week, while Abingdon/Avon holds down the #3 ranking. Stark County will host United on Saturday, while Abingdon/Avon welcomes Flanagan. In Read More
  • Local Sports 10/28/14 >

    Semifinals will be played at several area host sites tonight in the IHSA volleyball regional tournaments. Here in Galesburg, the third-seeded Silver Streaks will play second-seed Monmouth-Roseville at 6:30. The winner of that match will move to the championship on Thursday against either Limestone or Macomb, who will play the early match at 5:30 today at John Thiel Gymnasium. In Read More
  • Local Sports 10/27/14 >

    Postseason play begins tonight for high school volleyball teams around the state of Illinois. Locally, Galesburg is hosting the class 2A regional, where Macomb and Canton will play in tonight's only match. Tomorrow, the Silver Streaks will take on #2 seed Monmouth-Roseville. The Streaks split a pair of matches over the weekend, falling to Moline, and then defeating United Township. Read More
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Interview: Paul Thorn, musician, singer, songwriter

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Paul Thorn

Musician, singer, songwriter Paul Thorn will joined us  on the WGIL Morning News.

Paul Thorn grew up in Tupelo, MS the son of a pentacostal preacher. A talented musician, he is an icon in the world of Americana music. Paul and his band were coming to Galesburg to play at the Fat Fish Pub. We talked with him about growing up in Tupelo, his music & influences,  his family and his career.