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Illinois General Assembly Starting Pension Consolidation

The Illinois State Legislature have begun the process are starting to cosolidate pensions for downstate police forces and firefighters. State Rep. Randy Frese says he hopes to see adminstrative cost advantages and returns on investments. Monmouth Mayor, Rod Davies, says the consolidated pensions says it is a great first start: “It will certainly help with…
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Beginning/Intermediate-Level ESL Course at Sandburg in Spring

Carl Sandburg College’s Corporate and Leisure College is offering an English as a Second Language (ESL) course during the 2020 spring semester. The class will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 3-May 20 on Sandburg’s Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. This is a beginning/intermediate-level course for adults whose…
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Illinois Representative Calling for Ethics Reform in the Assembly

New controversies in in the Illinois State Legislature has State Representative Randy Frese calling for ethics reform in the General Assembly. Two congresspeople, one a state representative and the other a state senator, have resigned, and several state senators are under investigation or have been indicted. Frese says ethics are a bipartisan issue: “It’s an…
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Special Olympics Polar Plunge Coming in February

The Special Olympics will be hosting their first Polar Plunge Sunday, Februrary 23 at Lake Storey in Galesburg. The Polar Plunge asks people to raise 100 dollars from pledges in exchange for jumping in ice cold waters in the middle of winter-early spring. Jennifer Davis of the Special Olympics has more: “The three Polar Plunges…
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Illinois State Fire Marshal Stresses Safety When Decorating and Celebrating this Holiday Season

The holidays are here and that means many will be decorating their homes. Hanging up decorations is fun, but keep in mind, holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) more than two of every five home decoration fires occur due to decorations being placed…
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New Decade Brings Next Census

2020 not only brings the start of another decade, but the next census for our country. The importance of the census is critical as it gives the United States a snapshot of how many live in the country. 675 Billion dollars of federal funding is distributed annually to state, local and tribal governments based on…
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Senate Week In Review: December 2-6, 2019

A recent report ranksIllinois low in fiscal transparency, and as a new decade looms, lawmakers must commit to improving the state’s system of drawing legislative boundaries to limit undue influence from politicians and special interests. In other news, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is offering holiday safety tips, the Attorney General’s office has released its…
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Illinois State Police Agents Arrest Trooper

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) arrested Trooper James T. Dierkes, 29 years old, of Greenville, Illinois, on Friday on one count each of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2) and Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1). On Dec. 3, 2019, ISP DII received a request for assistance from the Vandalia City Police department, regarding allegations of criminal sexual assault made against Dierkes. The reported incidents occurred in…
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ISP Personal Injury Traffic Crash Alert

The following preliminary information is being released by ISP D14 WHAT: Single Vehicle Personal Injury Crash WHERE: IL Route 41 @ Co. Rd 2100N (McDonough County) WHEN: Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 12:06 PM VEHICLES: UNIT 1: 1993 Jeep Wrangler OCCUPANTS: UNIT 1: Driver, Henry E. Kliffmiller-Fowler, age 26, Prairie City, IL : Passenger, Christopher…
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Shots Fired Incident Leads to Arrest of Two Missing Minors from Mary Davis Home

One adult and two minors have been arrested following a shots fired incidents that happened Thursday December 5th just after 5 pm in Davenport, Iowa. According to kwqc.com, two of the minors were identified as the escapees from the Mary Davis Home in Knox County. All juveniles are now in custody. Police were called to…
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Galesburg Area Chamber Announces New Executive Director

The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Pam Gaither has accepted the role of executive director. She succeeds Jessica Linder Gallo, who left Galesburg in August to take the reins of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce in Aurora, Illinois. Gaither brings to the chamber a wealth of marketing and business…
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Attorney General Raoul Urges Department Of Labor To Withdraw Proposal That Would Decrease Employee Earnings

Raoul, 17 Attorneys General Argue the Proposal Will Result in Longer Hours, Lower Pay Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro today led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in opposing a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to change the method employers use to calculate overtime, which would force employees to work…
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