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T.J. Carson

Galesburg School Superintendent Ralph Grimm said the district is attacking its deficit head on with the hope of eliminating it by 2018.

Galesburg Passes on Armory Renovation Project

Oct 5, 2016
T.J. Carson

After more than a year of discussion and debate over what to do with the closed Armory building in Galesburg, aldermen decided against spending any money on the facility.

Galesburg School Honors Young Student's Memory

Sep 23, 2016
T.J. Carson

The students, faculty, and staff at Galesburg's Steele Elementary School did something this week no one in education ever wants to do. They said goodbye to one of their own.

Galesburg made headlines this year when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined the city failed to meet federal standards for lead levels in the drinking water at some residences.  City leaders have consistently said the city's water supply is not to blame -- rather, it is the lead service lines that connect some homes to the city's supply that are contaminating the water.

T.J. Carson

Investigators said the fire early Wednesday morning at the Carver Community Action Agency in Galesburg was set intentionally.

Galesburg Program Helps First-Time Homebuyers

Aug 30, 2016
T.J. Carson

People without much money and/or a poor credit history might find it difficult to buy a home.  A new program in Galesburg gives them a chance to have a place to call their own.

T.J. Carson

Developers Mark and Jeannette Kleine gave $1.5 million to OSF St. Mary's in Galesburg to establish the Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center. The center will be housed inside the OSF Galesburg Clinic. 

UPDATE: Sandburg Mall On the Auction Block

Aug 8, 2016
T.J. Carson

A place where customers can buy a variety of goods in Galesburg was up for sale itself.   The Sandburg Mall was available through an online auction that started Monday and ended on Wednesday, August 10. The auction was run by Ten-X of California, which was accepting an opening bid of no less than $300,000.

T.J. Carson

The plan was revealed during a two-hour session at the Kensington ballroom. People were able to view placards detailing the proposals, and the city wants residents to share their opinions on the ideas.

TSPR Emily Boyer

Over the weekend, people gathered in several communities across the nation to protest the police killings of African-Americans. Most recently were the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile St. Paul, Minnesota at the hands of police.  

Around the Region: 4th of July Fireworks

Jul 1, 2016
Western Illinois University

The U.S. celebrates a major holiday this weekend. With the 4th of July falling on a Monday this year, there's some variety on when celebrations are scheduled during the three-day weekend. 

Independence Day is often met with parades, picnics and marching bands. But, the most popular way to celebrate is by lighting up the night's sky with fireworks.

We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks shows in the tri states region this holiday weekend.

West Central Illinois Fireworks shows:

Lewistown Fireworks:

Finding New Uses for Historic Church in Galesburg

Jun 23, 2016
T.J. Carson

One of Galesburg’s historic buildings is in need of repairs, and one local group believes outside-the-box thinking could help fund some of the work.

Battle for the Alley Returns in Galesburg

Jun 13, 2016
Abby Wendle

Railroad Days in Galesburg this year will have more color to it, thanks to the Galesburg Civic Art Center, which will host its second Battle for the Alley street art competition.  It will be held June 25 in Park Plaza.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg’s two-story Armory building on North Broad Street has sat vacant since 2006.  The city held a public open house at the Armory this week to hear community feedback about proposals for ways to use the building going forward. 

Galesburg Honors Teenager's Heroic Act

May 25, 2016
T.J. Carson

An East Galesburg teenager is being hailed for his heroic efforts during what started as a routine day of fishing.  Dalton Sims, 13, received the Citizen Life Saving Award from the city of Galesburg for preventing a two-year-old child from drowning.

Issues and Ale: Getting the Lead Out

May 18, 2016
Heather Norman

There are two main issues regarding lead exposure in Galesburg. First, the city failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for lead levels in water at some residents' homes during testing last fall.  

Galesburg Tap Water Showing Less Lead

May 4, 2016
T.J. Carson

A series of water quality tests in Galesburg last fall revealed that some residents are being exposed to high amounts of lead.  Now a new round of testing at the same 30 homes showed some improvement. 

Rootabaga Showcases the Many Moods of Jazz

Apr 27, 2016
T.J. Carson

The Knox Rootabaga Jazz Festival celebrated its 36th edition this year. And it used the opportunity to showcase styles that you might not immediately consider when you think of jazz.

T.J. Carson

Federal regulators suggested the city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.  The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also urged the city to pay for testing of lead for all water customers who request it.

Galesburg Leaders Address Lead Response

Apr 21, 2016
City of Galesburg

Galesburg's mayor believes city leaders have done what has been asked of them regarding lead in the tap water supply.

T.J. Carson

A Galesburg student's crusade against bullying in her school has led to national recognition for her efforts. Katie Dunbar is the creator of the “Take A Stand Club” at Lombard Middle School.

Knox County Economic Group Lays Out Four-Year Plan

Apr 12, 2016
T.J. Carson

Now in its second year, the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development is ready to move forward with a plan to boost the local economy.

Tainted at the Tap – Galesburg

Apr 10, 2016
City of Galesburg

This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg's long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades.

Seven Arrested in Tinkham Case Plead Not Guilty

Apr 6, 2016
T.J. Carson

The seven people accused in the death of 19-year-old Dakota Tinkham of Galesburg were back in court Tuesday.  Each pleaded not guilty and they each asked for a jury trial.

Alderman Brings Time Bank to Galesburg

Mar 31, 2016
T.J. Carson

A new concept starting in Galesburg allows people in the city and surrounding communities to receive services that they need. All it will cost them is a bit of their time providing a service to someone else.

Galesburg Projects Funded with New Revenues

Mar 22, 2016
T.J. Carson

Infrastructure projects planned for this year in Galesburg share a common thread: they’re being funded with a new revenue source for the city.

Galesburg Gamble on Land Pays Off

Mar 8, 2016
Rich Egger

Galesburg aldermen came out on top after gambling on whether more money could be raised through renting land the city owns near Knoxville.

T.J. Carson

A major road project in Galesburg that's been delayed several times is being pushed back again.  Construction of the East Main Street underpass was supposed to begin last summer, but bid openings have been postponed several times and were pushed back again this week.

T.J. Carson

The current city budget for Galesburg went into effect just a couple months ago, yet aldermen are already starting the process of creating the next spending plan.  And they have already encountered a difficult issue.

T.J. Carson

The new head of the Galesburg NAACP chapter intends to emphasize the need to lead young people in the  community.