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Around the Tri States: New interim provost at WIU; Galesburg launches transit app; Burlington candidate forums online

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

New interim provost at WIU
Western Illinois University has a new number two in command.

President Guiyou Huang said Mark Mossman will serve as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Mossman had been associate provost and associate vice president of undergraduate studies and strategic planning.

Previous provost Manoochehr Zoghi is being reassigned to a faculty position in the School of Engineering.

Zoghi became provost in July 2022.

Galesburg launches transit app
The city of Galesburg has launched a mobile app for public transportation.

The app will provide information about the city’s fixed bus routes, including locations of bus stops, estimated arrival times, and schedule changes.

The app is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. It can be found by searching for “Galesburg Transit” on Apple or Android devices.

Burlington candidate forums online
Candidate forums hosted by the Greater Burlington Partnership’s Government Relations Committee are now online.

Candidates were given two minutes to respond to each round of questions. The questions were not provided to candidates in advance.

The forums featured candidates for Burlington City Council, Burlington Community School District, West Burlington City Council, West Burlington Independent School District, Danville Community School District, and Mediapolis Community School District.

All forums are available on the Greater Burlington Partnership YouTube Channel and on the Greater Burlington Facebook page.

Seeking nominees for Writing Women into History award
The Macomb Feminist Network has honored local women with the Writing Women into History award since 2010.

The organization is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 award.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the group’s website.

Nominees must have lived in McDonough County, served as role models, and made long-lasting contributions to the community.

The 2024 recipients will be honored during a brunch reception on Saturday, March 2, at the Wesley Village Community Center.

Earlier this year, the organization honored Brenda Allison, Andrea Henderson, and Sandra Mosley.


WIU receives federal energy assistance grant
Western Illinois University is receiving a $146,749 USDA grant, which will allow the university to help 21 small and rural businesses secure funding to implement new energy technologies over a three-year period.

Those businesses include six agricultural producers, three rural electric cooperatives, and 12 rural grocery stores.

In a release, Sean Park of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs said, “With this support, we will be able to expand our program and provide technical assistance to independent grocery stores in order to prevent the creation of food deserts in Illinois."

The funding comes from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Technical Assistance Grant Program.

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