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Around the Tri States: National Cornhusking Championship coming to McDonough County; Amtrak looks to fill thousands of jobs; police chief charged with battery

Around The Tri States
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

McDonough County to host National Cornhusking Competition

The National Cornhusking Contest will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, on the Lewis farm, 14241 N. 1800 Road in Good Hope.

The Illinois State Cornhusking Contest will be held the day before on the same farm.

The national championship will be celebrating its centennial. The competition will feature state cornhusking champions from nine states plus other competitors from across the country.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

The contests will be held rain or shine.

The event will also feature antique farm equipment displays, children’s activities, Corn Items Collectors displays, and food.

Amtrak looking to fill thousands of jobs

The passenger rail agency needs more employees in information technology, human resources, and marketing. It would also like to hire more engineers and conductors.

Derrick James, Amtrak’s Director of Government Affairs, said more workers are needed because more people are riding Amtrak.

“In many ways we’re only limited by the number of employees that we have. We need more train service so we need employees to run those trains,” he said.

James said Amtrak would like to hire another 4,000 workers nationwide in the next year.

He said the agency will pay for training new engineers and conductors.

Details can be found on Amtrak’s website.

Aledo police chief charged with battery

The police chief in Aledo was indicted on charges of battery and official misconduct.

Illinois State Police found evidence of a battery committed by Christopher Sullivan, 62, while he was conducting an arrest.

The Mercer County State’s Attorney requested a special prosecutor for the case and the Henry County State’s Attorney was appointed.

Sullivan surrendered himself to the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.

Sandburg paving way for new building

Carl Sandburg College has accepted $400,000 in bids to move its automotive technology program to a new location on the Galesburg campus.

That move will pave the way for Sandburg’s new science and technology center.

The new two-story building will house the college’s nursing and dental hygiene programs, and the math and natural sciences departments, at the current site of the automotive program.

The facility is expected to be complete in 2024.

It will be the first new building on the main campus since 2006 and the largest project since the campus was built in 1969.

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