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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 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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A third person is in the race for the 74th District State Representative seat in Knox and Henry Counties.  Mike DeSutter of Woodhull made the announcement in front of family and supporters outside the Knox County Courthouse. 

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A veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard is making a run for the State Legislature as a Republican.

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Knox County's 911 system has moved into the digital age.  Sheriff David Clague called it a "huge step" forward as the emergency dispatch system was switched from analog to digital.

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This week, the county board’s budget committee will continue to try and look for ways to eliminate a budget deficit that has been whittled down from $1.2-million to $220,000.

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Residents of Knoxville now have a new way to contribute to philanthropic efforts in their community.  The Knoxville Community Fund was established this week with the help of the Galesburg Community Foundation.

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Galesburg has commissioned a study to determine two things: whether the city could support an events center, and whether the vacant Armory on Broad Street could serve that purpose.

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The second time was the charm for a committee dedicated to reducing a $2 million dollar deficit in the Galesburg School District.

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A downtown district's success depends a lot on whether people can easily access its retail shops and restaurants. A couple local cities are taking steps to make sure anyone who wants to visit their downtown districts can find a place to park.

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K-12 schools in Illinois have received financial support from the state; their funding was the only part of the budget signed this year by Governor Bruce Rauner.  That leaves a western Illinois lawmaker worried about funding for students who choose to continue their education after high school.

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The head of Knox County's Republican Party is seeking a job in the Illinois House.  Wayne Saline will run for the seat now held by Don Moffitt (R-Gilson), who is retiring.

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A native of England shared a message of hope and kindness with an audience at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. Leon Logothetis is the host of the National Geographic International show, "Amazing Adventures of a Nobody."

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Illinois' newest State Senator was officially sworn in to office Thursday in front of family and supporters.   Chuck  Weaver took the Oath of Office at the Peoria County Courthouse.

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A backlog of long-overdue infrastructure improvements has the city of Galesburg consider borrowing millions of money to try and catch up on the workload.

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The Galesburg School District hoped a new budget reduction committee would eliminate around $2 million to help balance its books. But now it will have to take a new approach.

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An art project by this fall's Artist-in-Residence at Knox College aims to capture the essence and variety of Galesburg.  John Bakker, who's from Chicago, called his three-month effort the "Galesburg Portrait Project."

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The city of Galesburg feels Canadian geese are a problem at Lake Storey. But aldermen have said "No" to one idea on how to get the birds to leave.

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Don Moffitt first served west-central Illinois in Springfield in 1993.  Now he's calling it a career after his 12th term finishes up next year. The Gilson Republican announced at his annual picnic on Sunday that he isn't going to seek re-election next year.

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Knox College is confident the use of 21st Century technology is helping bring more students to campus.

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One political vacancy was filled with the election of Republican Darin LaHood to Congress  but another one was created.

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Independent Map Amendment (IMA), which seeks to take the legislative mapping process out of the hands of politicians, is confident its plan will go before voters in Illinois next year.

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Stories of turkey tacos, dancing, and long runs on a stomach full of Oreos were shared during a memorial service for two Galesburg High School students.

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