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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.”

Tourism & Marketing in the Tri States

Jul 12, 2015
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.

Plans Still on Hold for Galesburg Community Center

Apr 21, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Galesburg City Council this week voted in favor of making the Boys and Girls Club the city’s community center. But the plan will not be allowed to proceed -- at least not yet.

April 7 Election Results: Cities and Villages

Apr 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

One incumbent city council member lost in both Macomb and Galesburg. Rushville voters chose to elect a different mayor.  The election for mayor in LaHarpe was decided by just a couple votes.

Community Center Decision Delayed

Apr 7, 2015
T.J. Carson

It will take the city of Galesburg a little while longer to decide on a location for a community center.

T.J. Carson

After next week's municipal elections, the Galesburg Board of Education will include two new representatives from Galesburg Township.  Incumbents Molly Palmer and Tom Colclasure chose to seek another term.

The three candidates vying for the two spots are Phillips Slaton, Tianna Cervantez, and H. Wayne Statham. All three believe they can build a better relationship between the school board and teachers.

Slaton, who is a teacher in the Orion School District, said the current board lacks respect for teachers.

Professor vs Fireman in Galesburg Ward 5

Mar 17, 2015
Rich Egger

One of the contested races for the Galesburg City Council next month will be in an area that includes the city’s downtown. Incumbent Peter Schwartzman will face a challenge from Ted Hoffman in Ward 5. 

Galesburg Underpass Project Delayed

Mar 13, 2015
City of Galesburg

City leaders announced that the East Main Street Underpass Project will now have a projected start date of January 2016.

It was originally scheduled to begin in August of this year.

Galesburg Considering Housing Program

Feb 26, 2015
T.J. Carson

City leaders in Galesburg hope a program for subdivision development will lead to an increase in population.

Galesburg Examines Community Center Options

Feb 25, 2015
TSPR's T.J. Carson

The city is looking to a site for youth in Galesburg to serve the entire community.

Alderman plan to consider a proposal as early as next month to establish a five-year agreement with the Boys and Girls Club to serve as the city's community center.

T.J. Carson

Galesburg’s superintendent is cautiously optimistic about a proposed increase in K-12 funding.  But he also is skeptical the full amount will come.

Annual Chocolate Festival Held in Galesburg

Feb 16, 2015
T.J. Carson

The Galesburg Historical Society's biggest fundraiser of the year is a sweet treat.

T.J. Carson

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's budget address on February 18 will be watched carefully by at least one group in Galesburg.