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Don Moffitt

T.J. Carson

Republican Don Moffitt has represented Illinois' 74th House District for 23 years. He's stepping down this year, and the three candidates in Tuesday's GOP primary hope to keep the district red.

Renovated Transportation Hub Opens in Galesburg

Nov 19, 2015
T.J. Carson

It took a year to complete upgrades to the building in Galesburg's downtown area. The project cost $689,000, with most of the money coming from the state and federal governments.

T.J. Carson

A veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard is making a run for the State Legislature as a Republican.

Saline to Run for 74th District Seat

Oct 13, 2015
T.J. Carson

The head of Knox County's Republican Party is seeking a job in the Illinois House.  Wayne Saline will run for the seat now held by Don Moffitt (R-Gilson), who is retiring.

Moffitt to Leave Illinois Legislature

Sep 22, 2015
T.J. Carson

Don Moffitt first served west-central Illinois in Springfield in 1993.  Now he's calling it a career after his 12th term finishes up next year. The Gilson Republican announced at his annual picnic on Sunday that he isn't going to seek re-election next year.

Illinois Budget Battle Historic For One Lawmaker

Aug 23, 2015
T.J. Carson

One of western Illinois’ state lawmakers said this year's budget stalemate in Springfield is one of the longest and most frustrating budget battles he’s seen.

T.J. Carson

State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) wants to find ways to keep an Amtrak line chugging along through his district.  He said service could be cut on the Illinois Zephyr line as part of Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed 40% reduction in funding for in-state Amtrak lines.

Moffitt Backs Healthier Options for Travelers

Mar 10, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Illinois House recently approved a resolution that would require rest area vending machines to provide at least three healthy food options for every ten offered. It defined healthy option as snacks that are 220 calories or less.

The resolution also calls for two of the healthy options to come from Illinois.

Even if lawmakers may not always realize the consequences for rural areas if Emergency Medical Services troubles aren’t addressed, operations fold, and rural residents have to rely on help from bigger cities, State Rep. Don Moffitt appreciates how everyday people get it.

Rich Egger

Drivers will no longer have to wait for trains at one crossing in Galesburg. Amid much hoopla, the city dedicated and opened the West Main Street Overpass on Friday, October 26.

The project cost $16.1 million. The state provided $14.5 million while the federal government contributed $809,000 and BNSF spent $806,150.

Governor Pat Quinn flew into Galesburg for the ceremony. He quoted Galesburg native Carl Sandburg while pointing out the overpass will especially benefit future generations.