Knox County

The Knox County Health Department is reporting a positive COVID-19 case in a baby girl.

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Nursing parents visiting courthouses across Illinois could still have trouble accessing a private clean place to feed their babies.

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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. 

Fulton County ESDA

RAPATEE -- The house explosion in Rapatee that killed two people is believed to be a tragic accident. 

Knox County Sheriff David Clague said Tuesday there is no indication of criminal activity leading up to the explosion.

Clague said Wanda Swain, 77; and David Swain, Jr., 51, both of 17 Illinois Route 97, died in the explosion on Sunday morning. 

Several other homes in the surrounding area were also damaged. The Illinois State Fire Marshal is still investigating the cause of the blast. 

Fulton County ESDA

RAPATEE -- Central Illinois is reaching out to to help a rural Knox County family after their house exploded Sunday morning, killing two people. 

The Fairview Fire Department responded to the intersection of Illinois Route 97 and North Street in Rapatee around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The explosion was heard from Fairview six miles away, the fire department said in a press release. 

Fulton County ESDA

RAPATEE -- Two people are dead after a house exploded in the small community of Rapatee.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says portions of Central and Western Illinois remain abnormally dry. The agency’s update includes all of Peoria county and portions of Tazewell, Woodford and McLean counties for the second consecutive week.

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

It’s not official who, yet, but at least four people are interested in filling Darin LaHood’s state senate seat when he resigns to join Congress in the next week.  Here are some of the next steps to fill the state position:

The 37th Senate District spans parts of ten counties in central and western Illinois. Once LaHood resigns, each of the ten county Republican Party chairs will gather to formally accept applications and review candidates.  Peoria County Republican Party chairwoman Katherine Coyle says so far three people from Peoria and one from Knox County have expressed interested in filling the post: