Galesburg may see its first legal recreational marijuana sales next month, but only if there's enough cannabis to go around.

A recreational cannabis dispensary is heading to Galesburg. 

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A buyer has been found for the old Maytag plant in Galesburg. 

Real estate firm Phoenix Investors purchased the 855,000 square foot facility on South Linwood and the 462,000 square foot space on Monmouth Boulevard. 

The company purchases old industrial properties and rehabilitates them for new usage. 

Ken Springer, President of the Knox County Partnership for Economic Development, said it is likely the facilities will be used for transportation, warehousing or logistics, although theoretically, the buildings could return to manufacturing usage, as well. 

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GALESBURG - Communities across Illinois are receiving a combined $13.7 million to reduce hazards from lead-based paint in low-income housing.

State officials have opened an underpass in Galesburg to ease traffic and improve safety. 

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Officials say construction on a national railroad museum in Galesburg won't begin until 2019.

Organizers for the National Railroad Hall of Fame are still raising money through a capital campaign.


The goal is to raise $30 million to build the facility, which includes exhibits and an exterior plaza. Construction is expected to take up to two years after the groundbreaking. Federal officials designated Galesburg as the site for the national museum in 2003. A community campaign raised about $1.5 million in 2006.

Organizers of a four-day event celebrating a western Illinois community's railroad heritage are looking to again boost attendance. 

The State Board of Elections says hackers gained access to the information of 80,000 Illinois voters — including their social security numbers and driver’s licenses.

Elections officials say hackers had access to Illinois’ system for nearly three weeks before they were detected. They did get access to personal information, but officials say that’s about it.

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - Knox County in western Illinois is launching a text message and email notification system to inform residents about emergencies.

Hundreds of Galesburg residents will vote over the lunch hour tomorrow. That's when a high school class will hold its mock election. Michelle O'Neill reports two freshmen are in charge.

Galesburg Gets Loan To Replace Water Lines

May 19, 2016

  A $4 million state loan will help replace lead water lines in Galesburg. 

The loan is expected to cover the cost of replacing about 2,000 lead service lines.  This is nearly half of  those in the city.  Galesburg will only be required to repay interest, and the project is expected to take up to four years.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the city of Galesburg offer residents bottled water or filters after tap water there tested for high levels of lead.  

Federal regulators are recommending that the city of Galesburg provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.

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A recent investigation turned up findings that a high number of children in Galesburg are suffering from lead poisoning. 

A report by the Associated Press points to contaminated tap water. 

Peter Schwartzman serves on the Galesburg City Council. He says the results of tests done by the EPA and state health officials are available in water bills. Speaking on WILL’s “The 21st” Friday, he said more needs to be done.


  Students at Lombard Junior High School in Galesburg created a club to lessen the impact of bullying.  Seventh grader Katie Dunbar came up with the idea for the "Take A Stand Club." Dunbar said she's well acquainted with the stress caused by being bullied. 


“I was left out a lot. And I was cyberbullied. Like girls would make statuses about me. And when I was left out, these girls would just leave me out of the group and push me away and call me names and stuff,” Dunbar said.

Illinois arts and entertainment news

Apr 24, 2015

  The Illinois State Fair has added more musical acts to its lineup.  Fair officials say northern California duo Kalin & Myles and pop singer-actress Laura Marano will perform on the grandstand stage on Aug. 22. They'll join pop singer-songwriter Austin Mahone, who already was scheduled.

Ameren Transmission Company is getting ready to study public opinion on its plan to construct a 345-thousand-volt transmission line from Peoria to Galesburg. The company held the last of its public open houses on the matter Thursday.

Under heavy security in Rock Island, jury selection began this week for the third murder trial of Nicholas Sheley. The 34-year-old from Sterling is currently serving two life sentences for murder. And he's now standing trial on charges that six years ago, he killed four people in Whiteside County.

Peoria residents will get the chance this week to weigh in on where a new electric transmission line will be located. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois is working to build the 345,000-volt Spoon River Transmission Line between Galesburg and Peoria. The goal is to help deliver more renewable energy to customers.

A look at Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center

Nov 18, 2013

The newest tenant at Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center is a coffee shop called Jerry’s Mojo.  However, the owner is only at the Center when he parks the shop at the end of the day.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz explains:

Galesburg officials talk economic struggles, successes during Obama visit

Jul 25, 2013

Galesburg city leaders say the community was a fitting stop for President Obama to kick-off his new economic focus. The city was the first location in a series of speeches for the President to sell his vision for a thriving economy. Gary Camarano is Galesburg’s Global Strategies Director. He says the city economy was rough in 2004 when Maytag closed and thousands of workers lost their jobs:

Obama sounds familiar themes at Knox College speech

Jul 24, 2013

Speaking to a boisterous crown at Knox College today, President Obama outlined what he wants to do to rebuild the middleclass.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:


Tickets available to see President speak in Galesburg

Jul 22, 2013

President Barack Obama is set to speak at Knox College when he visits Galesburg this week. Obama will kick off a series of speeches laying out his vision for rebuilding the economy to grow the middle class. The President’s visit is Wednesday.

President Obama to visit the region

Jul 18, 2013

  White House officials are confirming the president is traveling to Galesburg next Wednesday. President Obama is planning to be in Galesburg for an event on the economy. Details on the president’s travel plans and associated events are not yet available.