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Galesburg Borrowing to Pay for Street Projects

Jan 22, 2016
T.J. Carson

Galesburg aldermen voted in favor of a $10 million bond issue so the city can catch up on a  backlog of road and bridge projects throughout town.

T.J. Carson

One of the new co-owners of the former Elks Club building in downtown Galesburg envisions turning it into a hub for music in the city.

Galesburg City Appeal Court Created

Dec 23, 2015
T.J. Carson

Galesburg residents will soon be able to take cases against them straight to the city.  Aldermen this week approved creation of an administrative adjudication system for appeals of ordinance violations.

Railroad Museum Increasing Exhibit Space

Dec 22, 2015
T.J. Carson

Galesburg’s Railroad Museum is on track to show off more of its collection next year.  The museum is remodeling its building to provide around 100 square feet of extra display space. 

Galesburg Aldermen Approve 2016 Budget

Dec 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

Galesburg's financial plan is set for 2016. But the mayor has some concerns as he looks ahead to the future.

Knox County YMCA Looks to Expand Downtown

Dec 1, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Knox County YMCA is experiencing an all-time membership high with about 8,400 members.  CEO Adam Sampson said the Y is growing larger than what it's locations at Carl Sandburg Drive in Galesburg and in Knoxville can handle.

Events Center Possible for Galesburg

Oct 22, 2015
T.J. Carson

Galesburg has commissioned a study to determine two things: whether the city could support an events center, and whether the vacant Armory on Broad Street could serve that purpose.

Parking Studied in Galesburg, Burlington

Oct 15, 2015
Jason Parrott / TSPR

A downtown district's success depends a lot on whether people can easily access its retail shops and restaurants. A couple local cities are taking steps to make sure anyone who wants to visit their downtown districts can find a place to park.

Chelsea Castillo Macek

A new photo exhibit strives to demonstrate the great diversity in Galesburg's immigrant population.

Stories of Kindness at Carl Sandburg College

Oct 10, 2015
T.J. Carson

A native of England shared a message of hope and kindness with an audience at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. Leon Logothetis is the host of the National Geographic International show, "Amazing Adventures of a Nobody."

Rich Egger

A backlog of long-overdue infrastructure improvements has the city of Galesburg consider borrowing millions of money to try and catch up on the workload.

Amanda Vinicky

Low-income, working parents are fighting to once again get help from the state for childcare.

Chicago Man Paints Portrait of Galesburg

Sep 29, 2015
T.J. Carson

An art project by this fall's Artist-in-Residence at Knox College aims to capture the essence and variety of Galesburg.  John Bakker, who's from Chicago, called his three-month effort the "Galesburg Portrait Project."

Galesburg Aldermen Reject Goose Hunting Plan

Sep 23, 2015
T.J. Carson

The city of Galesburg feels Canadian geese are a problem at Lake Storey. But aldermen have said "No" to one idea on how to get the birds to leave.

Galesburg Students Honor Their Own

Sep 7, 2015
T.J. Carson

Stories of turkey tacos, dancing, and long runs on a stomach full of Oreos were shared during a memorial service for two Galesburg High School students.

Galesburg High School Coping with Student Deaths

Aug 31, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Galesburg High School community is mourning the loss of two of its students after a car crash over the weekend.

Galesburg Business License Plan Rejected

Aug 18, 2015
T.J. Carson

A plan to register and license businesses in Galesburg didn't receive support from aldermen. They unanimously voted down a proposal that would have amended the city's municipal code to add a general business license.

Abby Wendle

Street art – also known as graffiti art – is often done under cover of night.  But on a sunny, hot, and humid mid-summer afternoon in Galesburg it was done during the light of day in a small downtown plaza.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg's city manager believes a business registration program could help the city and local businesses. Aldermen will be asked as early as next month to amend the municipal code to create the program.

Street Art Contest Coming to Galesburg

Jul 16, 2015
T.J. Carson

A new event from the Galesburg Civic Art Center aims to liven up an area of the city that is neglected.  The organization will host its first ever street art contest Saturday, July 18 in the alley behind the art center. The event is being called “Battle for the Alley.”

Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen are contemplating whether to end the city's relationship with the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and instead have the duties handled by City Hall.  It's an issue worth watching because of the economic impact of tourism.

New Tax Approved in Galesburg

Jul 7, 2015
T.J. Carson

Galesburg aldermen voted 4-to-2 in favor of implementing a new tax on gas and electric utilities for residents and businesses.

T.J. Carson

Glory Days Barbershop is more than just a barbershop. The small one-room building is also utilized as a concert space and to display works from local artists.

Kyle Rohweder purchased it two years ago as his career in a punk rock band was winding down. Rohweder said the shop needs of renovations.

Discovery Depot Expansion Plans Announced

Jun 18, 2015
T.J. Carson

One new exhibit planned for the Discovery Depot in Galesburg could bring in a flow of visitors.  The children’s museum said it will add a water exhibit as part of its expansion plans.

T.J. Carson

The Boys and Girls Club in Galesburg will not serve as a community center for the town but it will still receive some support from the city.  Aldermen this week agreed to provide $65,600 for repairs to the facility on Depot Street.

Community Center Proposal Rejected

Jun 2, 2015
T.J. Carson

Galesburg will not have an official home for a community center in the near future.  Aldermen this week rejected a proposal to have the Boys and Girls Club serve as a home for the center.

T.J. Carson

Aldermen this week received the first look at the budget for fiscal year 2016 which starts January 1st.

Those preliminary numbers show the city will have a budget deficit of $997,211.

Budget Process Begins in Galesburg

May 12, 2015
T.J. Carson

The city of Galesburg will try something new in crafting a budget for 2016. City Manager Todd Thompson said a priority based budget will be used for the first time. He said it will help the city identify where its resources should be focused.

Galesburg Students Fight Back Against Bullying

May 3, 2015
T.J. Carson

Students at Lombard Junior High School in Galesburg created a club to lessen the impact of bullying.  Seventh grader Katie Dunbar came up with the idea for the "Take A Stand Club." Dunbar said she's well acquainted with the stress caused by being bullied. 

Ground Broken at Carl Sandburg Statue Site

Apr 22, 2015
T.J. Carson

The first step in the process to move the Carl Sandburg statue to its permanent home began on Wednesday.