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Local News Highlights

  • 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
  • Giving Domestic Violence Victims the Good Life >

    10-21-14 Safe Harbor Victims of domestic violence may feel like good things can't happen to them, but the Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center is telling them they can. The 21st annual "Take Back the Night" Rally was held at Lake Storey Pavilion last night. Over 100 people, including victims of domestic violence, gathered together to hear speeches, testimonials and, most importantly, how they can Read More
  • 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
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Local Sports Highlights

  • 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
  • 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
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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.