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  • Retired Teacher Arrested at Contract Negotiations >

    (District 205 security officer Kurt Kramer arrives at Lincoln Education Center Wednesday to talk to retired teacher Jim Jacobs.)

    (District 205 security officer Kurt Kramer arrives at Lincoln Education Center Wednesday to talk to retired teacher Jim Jacobs.)

    FIRST REPORTED 3:30pm A retired Galesburg School District teacher was arrested today as negotiations between the district and the Galesburg Education Association continued. Jim Jacobs went into Lincoln Education Center Wednesday afternoon, sleeping bag and pillow in hand.  Jacobs told reporters Read More
  • Downtown Intersection to Stay As Is >

    A change the City of Galesburg wanted to make in anticipation of the construction of the East Main Street Underpass won't be happening now. City Engineer Wayne Carl told the Galesburg City Council this week that the Illinois Department of Transportation accepted a change from the city to allow the right turn lane at Main and Chambers Street to remain Read More
  • Rains Help Crops -- Except Soybeans >

    Recent rains have been beneficial for many of the area crops as they finish the growing season, but may be adding fuel to a late-season disease in soybeans. Last week, Angie Peltier at the University of Illinois Extension in Warren County told us about increasing incidents of sudden death syndrome in soybeans, and we asked Monsanto agronomist Lance Tarchionne this Read More
  • Not Guilty Plea in Felony Drug Case >

    A man from central Illinois is pleading not guilty in Knox County to charges accusing him of having some expensive drugs on him when he got off an Amtrak train almost a month ago. 24-year-old Robert Spangler made the plea in Knox County Circuit Court yesterday to a Class-X felony charge of Cannabis Trafficking, and lesser felony counts of Possession Read More
  • New Face Comes to ROWVA School District >

    With the start of the new school year there comes many new changes, students start new grades; and for the ROWVA School District, they start a new chapter with a new Superintendent. Joe Sornberger was hired to take over for Lloyd Little, who retired.   Sornberger says he couldn't be happier working in a district that he has some great family Read More
  • Deal Not Reached In Tuesday Contract Talks >

    Continuing-Coverage The District 205 Board of Education says they will not further rewrite a teacher evaluation plan. More than eight hours of mediation Tuesday failed to reach a contract settlement between District 205 and the Galesburg Education Association. Emotions ran high at the conclusion of last night's mediation session with the GEA claimingthey had submitted several "supposals." GEA Spokesperson Tami Qualls claims Read More
  • Teachers Union Responds to District Allegations >

    (File Photo)

    (File Photo)

    The Galesburg Education Association is responding to allegations made about the union's contract negotiating motives as those talks resume this afternoon. As has typically been the case, the Galesburg Education Association's Negotiation Entered to the sound of applause at Lincoln School this afternoon, after mediation on Sunday. The GEA says the real issue of recall rights is beginning Read More
  • Former Superintendent Reacts to Current Teachers Strike >

    (Galesburg School District Superintendent Gene Denisar, right, and Assistant Superintendent Guy Cahill, speak with WGIL News Director Will Stevenson in March, 2010.  File Photo.)

    (Galesburg School District Superintendent Gene Denisar, right, and Assistant Superintendent Guy Cahill, speak with WGIL News Director Will Stevenson in March, 2010. File Photo.)

    A retired Galesburg School District Superintendent says he remembers a time when negotiating a new contract with the teachers union was, perhaps, much more harmonious then it is now. Gene Denisar retired as Superintendent a year Read More
  • Election Judges Preparing for November >

    vote As the 2014 election season draws near, there still needs to be someone who over sees the process. The Galesburg Board of Election Commissioners discussed continuing preparations for Election Day in November. Among those preparations is the appointment of Election Judges. The City of Galesburg's Attorney filed the paperwork for the judges recently with the appointment scheduled for earlier today. Read More
  • WEB EXTRA: Listen to Tuesday's Galesburg Education Association Press Conference Here >

    Continuing-Coverage REVISED 5:22pm  The Galesburg Education Association held a press conference this afternoon, to respond to allegations the Galesburg School District made regarding the union's stand on recall rights, as a strike enters its third week. Listen to the GEA's press conference, in its entirety, below.  (Editor's note:  the original file below had an audio hiccup we were not aware of.  It Read More
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Local Sports Highlights

  • Local Sports 8/27/14 >

    The prospects for the Galesburg Silver Streaks football team to play their opening game this Friday look bleak. The Galesburg Board of Education, following last night's failed round of negotiations, conceded in a press release that "as things stand, it appears unlikely that the team will be able to participate in Friday night's scheduled game with Moline." If the students Read More
  • Local Sports 8/26/14 >

    The area volleyball schedule picks up tonight, with many of the varsity teams seeing their first competition of the new season. The schedule shows Abingdon-Avon making the short trip to United High School; Knoxville plays at Stark County; ROWVA hits the road for Bushnell-Prairie City; and North Fulton hosts Beardstown. Golf The Normal U-High Invitational is the big golf event Read More
  • Local Sports 8/25/14 >

    The prospects of the Moline Maroons football team finding a replacement game for Friday night never materialized, so the Western Big 6 game between Galesburg and Moline will be played if the teacher's strike is resolved by midweek. Moline athletic director Todd Rosenthal and first-year head coach Matt Woods both said this morning that they are looking forward to seeing Read More
  • Local Sports 8/22/14 >

    With the beginning of the fall sports season, public scrimmages are being planned for many area athletic teams in the coming days. The latest to announce is the Galesburg High School volleyball team, which will hold their "Meet the Streaks" night on Monday at the Hawthorne Center Gymnasium. The event will begin at 5pm with the introduction of the Freshmen, Read More
  • Local Sports 8/21/14 >

    Plans for the upcoming football season for Galesburg High School are moving along, even though the teacher's strike is continuing into a second week. The Silver Streaks will make their debut in a scrimmage to be held this Saturday afternoon from 1-to-3 at Knosher Bowl at Knox College. The GHS sports boosters have taken charge of the event, which was Read More
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