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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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Knox College is giving new life to an old building on campus.

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The two candidates in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District race agree that student loan debt is a problem in the country. But they disagree on how to address it.

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A building acquired by the city of Galesburg could be turned into a new home for the National Railroad Hall of Fame and Museum.

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The City Council this week approved a project to enclose the north and south porch areas at the Amtrak station.

Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Thanks to early voting, hundreds of people in the tri states region have already cast their ballots even though the general election is still a few weeks away.

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The Seminary/Kellogg Street overpass is not yet complete in Galesburg, but it does have a name.

Knox County, Ill. may use some financial maneuvering to balance a critical part of its next budget.

The county's general fund appears to be running a deficit of around $668,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

The finance committee has discussed to transfer money from the county’s contingency fund to close the gap.

Treasurer Robin Davis said the contingency fund has enough money that it would still carry a surplus of around $18,000 after the six-figure transfer.

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Ten years is a long time.

Ten years is how long it's been since the Maytag plant in Galesburg produced its last refrigerator. The factory's jobs were moved to Mexico in September, 2004.

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The Galesburg School District has started the process for hiring a new superintendent.

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Knox County leaders are working to balance the county's budget for the next fiscal year.

The preliminary budget shows a deficit of about $668,000 in the general fund.

The county has estimates of $10,909,678 in expenditures, and $10,241,438 in revenues.

Treasure Robin Davis says numerous factors contributed to the deficit.

“Fines and fees are decreasing, property taxes are probably going to go down, and expenditures are continuing to go up.”

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The Monmouth-Roseville School District used a forum Wednesday night to to ask the community for help.

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) supports the air strikes that were carried out overnight against ISIS.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Ameren has turned in three possible route options to the state for consideration. The Spoon River Transmission Line is slated to be in service by 2018.

Rich Egger

Enrollment for the current school year at Knox College is remaining steady.

This year, the school admitted 402 new students, with a total enrollment of around 1,400 students total on campus.  

Dean of Admissions Paul Steenis says those numbers are similar to last year, but notes that the numbers can be considered a positive.

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A Galesburg alderman is concerned about the safety of pedestrians once construction of an overpass is complete.

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Supporters of a proposed public safety tax in Knox County are using a “team approach” this time around.

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A medical marijuana cultivation center in Galesburg would initially employ 35 people.

Evan Temchin/Knox College

Galesburg Community Unit School District #205 will be looking for a new superintendent.