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Rich Egger

An embattled member of the Galesburg City Council has stepped down. Lindsay Hillery submitted her resignation letter Tuesday. It took effect immediately.

Galesburg Police Chief Looks to Build Trust

Jun 22, 2021
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Russ Idle became Galesburg police chief in 2019. One of his top priorities then was to develop more police outreach and communication with residents.

Looking Ahead with Galesburg's Mayor-Elect

Apr 28, 2021
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Galesburg Mayor-elect Peter Schwartzman will be sworn in on Monday, May 3. Tri States Public Radio talked to Schwartzman about his plans for leading the city.  

Knox County announced the formation of a Violent Crime Task Force less than a week ago, and the group is already yielding results.

Knox County is forming a task force to address a drastic uptick in violent crimes this year.

Deborah Moreno

One issue on top of Galesburg voters' minds is a proposed $26 million Lake Storey expansion project. A Phase One feasibility study, released in December, outlined expanding the lake to four times its current size and building new homes. 

Historic Church At Risk

Mar 15, 2021

A historic landmark in Galesburg desperately needs our help. The 123 year old Central Congregational Church, on the Square downtown, is trying to raise money to repair its stained glass windows.

Church Moderator Ann Ehler says their focus is the Hitchcock Windows - 1,000 square feet of stained glass visible from the Square. Fund raising began two years ago to replace the structural supports.

"And then three weeks ago, one of the pieces of the exterior glass cracked and fell inward toward the stained glass. So suddenly our timeline went from eventual to immediate."

Police arrested a man who investigators said intentionally set a house fire that killed a woman on Sunday, February 14.

One person is dead after a fire in Galesburg. The city said the house "...had been placarded as unfit for habitation."

Lake Storey Decision Delayed

Jan 8, 2021
Courtesy of City of Galesburg

City leaders in Galesburg are encountering pushback to a plan for expanding Lake Storey to four times its current size. 

Most of us expect water to run freely from our faucets without disruption. Pay your bill, and the water flows. But for some Galesburg residents, keeping up with their water bill has been a struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Galesburg Community Responds to Hunger

Jun 16, 2020
Debbie Moreno

Food insecurity in Galesburg was already a problem before COVID-19 shut down schools in mid-March. So when Governor J.B. Pritzker issued stay-at-home orders three months ago, Knox County United Way director Laun Dunn knew her organization had to act fast. 

The city of Galesburg is considering joining the Restore Heart of Illinois phased reopening plan led by Peoria.

For many farmers, 2019 was the first year of growing hemp, since it became legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. In addition to the normal challenges of farming, hemp growers have had to deal with a different kind of problem: theft.


Scott Rasso said he got hooked on the rock opera Tommy when he was in high school.  Now he will direct a version of the classic story for the Prairie Players Civic Theatre in Galesburg.

Rich Egger

Housing Program Coordinator Judy Guenseth said Galesburg received grant funding last fall to remove lead paint from up to 200 homes. But only 20 people have applied for the program, so the city is trying again to get out the word.

Galesburg police

The Galesburg and Keokuk police departments worked together on an investigation that led to the arrests of two men on burglary charges. Both suspects are from Galesburg.

The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg will host a series of documentary films during the first part of the year. Executive Director Erin Glasnovich said the theatre has shown documentaries in the past but never week-after-week as part of a series.

Erin Glasnovich has worked at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg for seven years. She has served as a box office assistant, operations manager, and – for the past 11 months –interim director.  Now the word "interim" has been dropped from her title and she is the theatre's new executive director.


Galesburg’s new fire chief is no stranger to the department. Randy Hovind, who has been with the Galesburg Fire Department for 20 years, will be sworn in as Fire Chief on Friday, Nov. 22.

Galesburg has completed the latest round of testing for the presence of lead in drinking water. The city said the results show its prevention efforts are working.

Galesburg Police Department

Captain Russ Idle joined the Galesburg Police Department as a patrol officer in 1994. On September 9, he will assume command of the department and its roughly 75 employees, including nearly 50 sworn officers.

Rich Egger

"Lights for Liberty" vigils were held around the world on July 12.  Demonstrators called for an end to the human detention camps used by the United States along its border with Mexico.

T.J. Carson

Milwaukee-based Phoenix Investors has announced the acquisition of the two buildings that housed the Maytag facility in Galesburg. Phoenix is a commercial real estate firm.

There might soon be a public transit option for Knox County residents who live outside of Galesburg.

Music Collective Brings DIY Scene to Galesburg

Jun 19, 2019
Courtesy of Veronica Mullen, V Mullen Media

When Soleil Smith came to Knox College in Galesburg, she expected she would have to drive hours to see live music. So she was pleasantly surprised to find posters around town advertising DIY punk shows at the Glory Days Barber Shop.

Hope Cemetery Volunteers Engage Today's Community

May 17, 2019
Courtesy of Heather Dickson/Friends of Hope Cemetery

When Heather Dickson relocated to Galesburg with her husband and daughter, she had no personal connection to the town. In Hope Cemetery, she began putting streets to names. In the process, she gained a deep appreciation for the free thinkers and innovators that abound in Galesburg's past.

Courtesy City of Galesburg

A lengthy law enforcement career is coming to an end in Galesburg. Police Chief David Christensen said he will retire soon.

Rich Egger

Dr. B.S. Kesavan became a much-beloved pediatrician during his four decades in Galesburg.  A stroke sidelined him a couple years ago. It left him wondering what he should do and how he might recover.

Rich Egger

Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday morning for a ceremony to mark the opening of the East Main Street underpass.  It will allow emergency vehicles and other drivers to get around that part of town without being stopped by trains.