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  • Charges Filed Against Burglary Suspect >

    The man wanted by both the Knox County Sheriff's Department and the Galesburg Police made a brief appearance in Knox County Circuit Court this afternoon. Dustin Johnson appeared via video conference where Judge Stephen Mathers went over the charges. Johnson is being charged with 11 counts of burglary, that according to Mathers occurred throughout the county from August 19-th through Read More
  • School District Urges Public Support of Funding Reform Bill >

    It's been reported on plenty, but the Superintendent of the Galesburg School District says the public needs to know about a bill that may get called for a vote during the fall veto session that he says is crucial to helping the district's finances. Bart Arthur says what's known in the Illinois Legislature as Senate Bill 16 more equitably distributes Read More
  • Ground Broken for New Silas Willard School >

    10-22-14 Silas 2 Construction of the new Silas Willard Elementary School has officially begun. Building on the nearly $20 million, two-story structure started with a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday, though crews are already on site doing ground testing and other measures.  The structure is expected to replace the current school, which has long shown its age. Silas Willard Elementary School Principal Angela Stockman says Read More
  • Finance Committee Okays Tax Levy >

    Knox County Seal Knox County Treasurer Robin Davis went over the Knox County 2014-2015 fiscal year budget last night. During the rundown Davis told the Finance Committee the tentative property tax levy actually decreased, which is good news for taxpayers. But Davis wanted to make it clear asking for less on the overall tax levy rate does not mean the county isn't having Read More
  • WEB EXTRA: Listen to Silas Willard Groundbreaking Ceremony >

    10-22-14 Silas 1 The Galesburg School District hosted a ceremony Wednesday marking construction of a new Silas Willard Elementary School. Prior to students and the public converging on the groundbreaking site behind the existing school, a ceremony was held in the school's auditorium.  Listen to that ceremony below. Read More
  • County Hiring Approval Questioned >

    The Knox County Finance Committee last night gave their approval to move forward with hiring for a new county I.T. position. The position, according to County Clerk Scott Erickson, has been upgraded from part time to full time with benefits, and that raised a few concerns for board member Cheryl Nache. "I'm just wondering if we shouldn't re-think what we're Read More
  • One of Two Wanted Burglary Suspects Arrested >

    Johnson, Dustin Early this morning a tip into the Knox County Sheriff's Department lead to the arrest of 31 year-old Dustin Johnson. According to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff's Department, Johnson was found in the 1100 block of Olive Street in Galesburg. Johnson, along with 24-year-old Jonathan Rigg, were wanted by both the Knox County Sheriff and Galesburg Police on multiple Read More
  • Putting the Teacher's Strike Behind Us >

    There's been some major negative back lash from the final outcome of the District 205 teacher's strike. There's been a call to restore the school calendar, which some community members says has not been done as a way to punish teachers and the community for striking. And recently there's been a call to have a school board member resign because Read More
  • Down Goes the Dome >

    lakis dome To paraphrase the popular local radio commercial, it's coming "down, down, down...way down." Demolition started today on the "dome" at the former Lakis Ford-Dodge dealership on Galesburg's west side. Now Yemm Ford, the "dome" has to be demolished so that the dealership can build a new structure more in line with expectations for Ford dealerships. Gene Stull is Sales Manager Read More
  • Fuel Bids for Landfill Bring Good News >

    Knox County Seal For the most part, the Knox County Landfill's budget is in the black, and Administrator Jerry Reynolds says the better news is the fuel bids came back significantly cheaper than last year. Reynolds went over the bids with the Knox County Nursing Home and Landfill Committee last night.  Overall, they're looking at spending around $430,000 on fuel through West Central FS. Read More
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Local Sports Highlights

  • Local Sports 10/23/14 >

    The regular-season will wrap up tonight for many of the area high school volleyball teams, most of which will play on their home courts this evening. In Oneida, the ROWVA Tigers will welcome Lincoln Trail Conference rival Ridgewood. In Abingdon, the Farmington Farmers will battle the A-Town Tornados. At Monmouth, the Titans will host Camp Point. And in Williamsfield, the Read More
  • Local Sports 10/22/14 >

    Here's today's local sports schedule. Soccer It's on to the class 1A sectional championship game for the Monmouth-Roseville Titans boys soccer team, after they defeated Princeton last night 4-0 in the semifinals of the East Peoria Sectional. The Titans improved to 20-4 for the season, and will face 17-5 Peoria Christian for the title Friday night. Peoria defeated Somonauk 2-to-1 Read More
  • 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
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Illinois Approved for No Child Left Behind Waiver

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)–Illinois has obtained a waiver from some parts of federal No Child Left Behind education law.
The waiver will give the state more flexibility when it comes to setting standards for education. It also will let the state look at measures beyond test scores in determining whether schools are succeeding or failing.