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Galesburg Art Center’s Great Bowls of Soup Event Giving Back to the Community

The Galesburg Civic Art Center has revamped their Great Bowls of Soup fundraiser to bring Great Bowls Give Back to the community. Even though the event cannot be held in person, with the purchase of a ticket, you can still receive an artisan bowl, free soup, and support area restaurants. Executive Director Tuesday Cetin has…
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Compeer Financial Officer Brian Postin Calls 2021 Ag Economic Outlook Very Optimistic

2020 in the agricultural industry panned out to be very similar to the prior four or five years. As for 2021, Compeer Financial Officer Brian Postin is very optimistic about this year’s Ag economic outlook: “2021 in the ag sector it feels good because this is the most optimistic year we have had probably five,…
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Former Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan Resigning House Seat

Mike Madigan is stepping down from the Illinois House. The former speaker submitted his resignation, effective at the end of the month, saying he is leaving office at peace with his decision and proud of the many contributions he has made to the state. Governor JB Pritzker wished him well and was asked by reporters…
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Discussion Continues on What Is Next for the Warren County Jail

The Warren County Board Buildings and Grounds Committee recently met with Klinger and Associates to further discuss the jail, courthouse and other structures. Committee Chairman Sean Cavanaugh reports most of the discussion was on Klinger and Associates experience with bond referendums: “That is something that we have to take a very serious look at because…
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WCHD Serving Phase 1A & 1B, Part 1 in Next COVID Vaccine Clinic, Call Monday

***Report Courtesy of the Warren County Health Department***
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Area lawmakers speak out after Governor’s Budget address

Governor J.B. Pritzker is promising no income tax hikes as part of a proposed 83 billion dollar Illinois fiscal year 2022 budget. Pritzker shared his budget proposal in an address Wednesday, saying he hopes to generate over 41-billion dollars to offset the state’s deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes. Republican lawmakers responded with criticism that…
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M-R Board of Education Passed Tentative Plan of Returning to 5 Days In-Person with 2 p.m. Dismissal

The Monmouth-Roseville Board of Education has laid out a tentative plan for the remainder of the year in which they will return to five days a week until 2 pm of in-person learning in April. Superintendent Ed Fletcher explains: “We put together a tentative plan moving forward. On February 22nd, we are going to use…
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Monmouth Police May Get Body Cameras

Monmouth Police Chief Joe Switzer informed Monmouth City Council that the Illinois State Legislature voted on and passed a Criminal Justice Reform Omnibus Bill, including the implication of using body cameras. Communications Director Ken Helms has more: “We currently have in-car squad cameras that record everything. Then we also have in-building storage for the interviews…
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Local Funds Could Be Made Available to Those Behind on Rent

Jamieson Community Center has received notice they are able to submit an RFP to receive funds and assist those behind on their rent. Executive Director Nancy Mowen explains: “It is designed to help people who are unemployed, people that have an income level of 80% of our median income or below, and who are behind…
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Illinois Could Be First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Illinois could become the first state to eliminate all cash bail payments for jail release before trial as part of a sweeping reform bill and it now awaits the governor’s signature. Some law enforcement officials disagree with this concept including local Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards: The bill gives agencies two years to prepare, with…
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Arson and Murder Arrest in Connection with Pine Street Fire

On Sunday, February 14 at about 12:45 am, the Galesburg Police Department and Galesburg Fire Department responded to 261 Pine Street in reference to a house on fire.  Upon arrival, a male subject identified as Boyd Black, age 50 was found in front of the residence.  Boyd Black was suffering from burn injuries from being…
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United School District to Return to Traditional In-Person Learning March 1st

Beginning March 1st, the United School District will return to their traditional schedule of in-person learning from 8 am to 3 pm, with full remote still being an option. Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt explains the Board of Education’s decision: “We are a little staggered among our four buildings, but I am just going to tell you…
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