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T.J. Carson

Galesburg Correspondent

T.J. Carson is the Galesburg correspondent for Tri States Public Radio.  His duties include reporting on current events in the cities of Galesburg and Monmouth, and Knox County.  He returns to TSPR after serving as a student reporter and host in 2006.  Before Tri States Public Radio, he was a news reporter for WSPL-AM in Streator, IL.  At WSPL, T.J. earned two awards from the Illinois Associated Press; Outstanding Single Story Contribution in 2011, and Contributor of the Month for February 2008. T.J. is a native of Lacon, IL.  He is a graduate of Midland High School in Varna, IL, where he participated in baseball and football all four years, as well as the Scholastic Bowl team.  He received his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in the fall of 2006, where he participated in numerous activities for the student-run radio station, as well as public address announcing for the Western Illinois Leatherneck baseball and softball teams. In his spare time, T.J. enjoys baseball, golf, watching animation, and drawing.  He has also been a Guest of Honor at fan-created conventions for the television program 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'.

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The Prairie Fire of Knox College have battled rival schools for more than a century with only a name to represent them. But that's all changed as the new school year begins for the private liberal-arts school.

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Investigators said the fire early Wednesday morning at the Carver Community Action Agency in Galesburg was set intentionally.

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Production at the Smithfield Foods processing plant in Monmouth is shut down for the time being as executives from the company and the city  look into the damage from Monday's fire.  Around 1,600 people work at the plant.

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People without much money and/or a poor credit history might find it difficult to buy a home.  A new program in Galesburg gives them a chance to have a place to call their own.

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For one night in Monmouth, the colors of maroon and gold were once again spotted on a high school football field. They returned to help honor one of the most successful coaches in the history of Warren County football.

The people who want to build a winery in Knox County were prepared to go to court in a battle over the proposed location of their business.  Instead they reached agreement with Knox County on a different site.

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Developers Mark and Jeannette Kleine gave $1.5 million to OSF St. Mary's in Galesburg to establish the Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center. The center will be housed inside the OSF Galesburg Clinic. 

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A place where customers can buy a variety of goods in Galesburg was up for sale itself.   The Sandburg Mall was available through an online auction that started Monday and ended on Wednesday, August 10. The auction was run by Ten-X of California, which was accepting an opening bid of no less than $300,000.

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The plan was revealed during a two-hour session at the Kensington ballroom. People were able to view placards detailing the proposals, and the city wants residents to share their opinions on the ideas.

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Illinois legislators return to Springfield Wednesday with a last ditch effort to reach a bipartisan compromise before a new fiscal year begins Friday.

Students from a small school district in western Illinois are lobbying legislators to keep their school open via a two and a half minute video on YouTube

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The Abingdon-Avon School District is continuing to look into a data breach that happened in January. But one person who will no longer be involved in the investigation is Chad Willis.  He's stepping down as superintendent to take charge of the Indian Creek School District in Shabbona, IL -- and his first day there is this Friday (July 1).

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One of Galesburg’s historic buildings is in need of repairs, and one local group believes outside-the-box thinking could help fund some of the work.

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Jennifer Hamm, Assistant Superintendent of Finances for the  Galesburg School District, said the district needs to get every bit of revenue possible as it faces uncertainty over state funding.  Illinois lawmakers have yet to approve a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks.

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Railroad Days in Galesburg this year will have more color to it, thanks to the Galesburg Civic Art Center, which will host its second Battle for the Alley street art competition.  It will be held June 25 in Park Plaza.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is worried the lack of a state budget is putting institutions of higher education throughout Illinois at risk. He said it could be a "disaster" for state universities and private colleges to recruit students with so much uncertainty surrounding their bottom lines.

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Galesburg’s two-story Armory building on North Broad Street has sat vacant since 2006.  The city held a public open house at the Armory this week to hear community feedback about proposals for ways to use the building going forward. 

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The sheriff's departments in McDonough and Knox Counties each added a new canine officer.  One will search for people while the other will search for drugs.

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An East Galesburg teenager is being hailed for his heroic efforts during what started as a routine day of fishing.  Dalton Sims, 13, received the Citizen Life Saving Award from the city of Galesburg for preventing a two-year-old child from drowning.

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School districts across Illinois are worried about whether they will receive state funding for  next school year.  They say without the state support, teachers and other employees could lose their jobs, programs could be cut, and some schools might close their doors.

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On a bright and cool afternoon on the campus of Monmouth College, around 250 students went through commencement with a Pulitzer Prize winner and political commentator providing the words of wisdom.

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The Abingdon-Avon School District is looking into a data breach that the district said happened in January. The district announced the breach on its website last week.

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A series of water quality tests in Galesburg last fall revealed that some residents are being exposed to high amounts of lead.  Now a new round of testing at the same 30 homes showed some improvement. 

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The Knox Rootabaga Jazz Festival celebrated its 36th edition this year. And it used the opportunity to showcase styles that you might not immediately consider when you think of jazz.

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Federal regulators suggested the city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.  The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also urged the city to pay for testing of lead for all water customers who request it.

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Galesburg's mayor believes city leaders have done what has been asked of them regarding lead in the tap water supply.

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A Galesburg student's crusade against bullying in her school has led to national recognition for her efforts. Katie Dunbar is the creator of the “Take A Stand Club” at Lombard Middle School.

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Now in its second year, the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development is ready to move forward with a plan to boost the local economy.

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The seven people accused in the death of 19-year-old Dakota Tinkham of Galesburg were back in court Tuesday.  Each pleaded not guilty and they each asked for a jury trial.

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A new concept starting in Galesburg allows people in the city and surrounding communities to receive services that they need. All it will cost them is a bit of their time providing a service to someone else.

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Infrastructure projects planned for this year in Galesburg share a common thread: they’re being funded with a new revenue source for the city.

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