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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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A major road project in Galesburg that's been delayed several times is being pushed back again.  Construction of the East Main Street underpass was supposed to begin last summer, but bid openings have been postponed several times and were pushed back again this week.

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The current city budget for Galesburg went into effect just a couple months ago, yet aldermen are already starting the process of creating the next spending plan.  And they have already encountered a difficult issue.

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Knox County is using its landfill to try and kickstart long overdue repairs at its courthouse. The county board agreed during its February meeting to transfer funds from its landfill fund to fund repairs at the courthouse.

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Members of the community pleaded to Galesburg School Board members for 75 minutes Wednesday night to reconsider cuts to personnel and programs.  But it was to no avail as the board moved ahead with the cuts.

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The first building Carl Sandburg College sold this year is in Carthage. Now the college hopes to unload its building in Bushnell.

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Two buildings owned by the Galesburg School District will be torn down over the summer.  The Board of Education this month agreed to demolish the Technology Learning Center. It earlier approved the demolition of Silas Elementary, which is next door to the TLC.

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The new head of the Galesburg NAACP chapter intends to emphasize the need to lead young people in the  community.

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Knox College has started a project that aims to uncover the history and stories of Galesburg's African-American community.

The Carl Sandburg College auditorium in Carthage might soon have a new owner. Aldermen agreed to buy the building for $100.

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The Knoxville School District is studying what it might do if the state comes up short with funding again this fiscal year. 

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Galesburg aldermen voted in favor of a $10 million bond issue so the city can catch up on a  backlog of road and bridge projects throughout town.

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A particular theater course is offered just once every three years at Knox College, and students with an interest in theater are leaping at the chance to take it.

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The Galesburg School Board Monday night voted on dozens of cost reduction recommendations designed to save the district more than $3 million.

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Informal discussions started this week among members of the Knox County Board’s Finance Committee to plan for another potentially difficult budget year.

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One of the new co-owners of the former Elks Club building in downtown Galesburg envisions turning it into a hub for music in the city.

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Galesburg School Board member Wayne Statham told a crowded room of community members Tuesday night how difficult it will be to make cuts in the district. He told them how one of the positions up for elimination belongs to a friend -- someone he had over to his house this past Christmas season.

Screen capture from Ameren Illinois' website

UPDATE: Ameren Illinois has restored power to many customers in west central Illinois as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. Still about 1,000 residents of Knox County and 500 people in Warren County still do not have power.

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Galesburg residents will soon be able to take cases against them straight to the city.  Aldermen this week approved creation of an administrative adjudication system for appeals of ordinance violations.

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Galesburg’s Railroad Museum is on track to show off more of its collection next year.  The museum is remodeling its building to provide around 100 square feet of extra display space. 

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Superintendent Ralph Grimm's budget reduction committee spent the past few months working to come up with recommendations for the Board of Education.  Grimm this week shared the committee's findings with the board.

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A Western Illinois University teacher said there’s a lot of frustration, distrust, and anger in state government. And he wants to change that in Springfield.

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The leader of the Knox County Tea Party is looking to trade in his truck driver seat for a seat in Congress. Patrick Harlan of Galesburg is running for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 17th district.

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Galesburg's financial plan is set for 2016. But the mayor has some concerns as he looks ahead to the future.

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A Galesburg lawyer hopes he can turn Illinois’ 74th House District from red to blue next year.  Bill Butts is the only Democrat to file nominating petitions in the district currently represented by Don Moffitt (R-Gilson).

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The Knox County YMCA is experiencing an all-time membership high with about 8,400 members.  CEO Adam Sampson said the Y is growing larger than what it's locations at Carl Sandburg Drive in Galesburg and in Knoxville can handle.

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November is the time of year when the leaves change from green to vibrant reds and oranges. It's also the time of year when college football teams meet up and battle against longtime rivals for trophies that are just as colorful.

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It took a year to complete upgrades to the building in Galesburg's downtown area. The project cost $689,000, with most of the money coming from the state and federal governments.

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The budding relationship between a west central Illinois community college and a country just south of the United States was on display this week. 

Carl Sandburg College students heard a presentation from Mario Masvidal in the college’s Student Center on Wednesday. Masvidal is a professor at the University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba.

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Carl Sandburg College President Lori Sundberg told members of the Illinois House that the state budget impasse is hurting the western Illinois college and its students.

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Knoxville #202’s first town hall meeting to address the state of the district was not well-attended. But it didn’t stop its superintendent from feeling good about it.

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