From Herald News:
JOLIET — Candidates in Joliet Grade School District are concerned that students are either getting passed from grade to grade or not receiving access to support services.
Quinn Adamowski and Lorraine Guerrero, both of Joliet, are vying for a West Side seat.
There are four spots open on the Joliet Grade School Board, including two seats on the East Side, one for at-large and one spot on the West Side.
Adamowski, 31, is assistant principal of Lincoln School, an alternative school for at-risk students. He has a bachelor’s degree from Knox College and master’s degrees from University of St. Francis and Olivet Nazarene University…
A three decades old festival returns to downtown Galesburg starting Thursday night, and organizers say it’s for the most part, a truly local festival.
The 31st annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival features performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at several venues including McGillacuddy’s and the Orpheum Theatre, featuring both local talent including the Knox College Jazz Ensemble and the Knox Faculty and Friends Combo, but also some regional talent.
Put it all together, and organizer Nikki Malley tells WGIL it’s a festival the community can be proud of, just as much as she is.
“This festival which is so unique for a city this size and a community this diverse to have a festival, you know a 31 year old festival now, and so I came in with a passion for it already knowing what an impact it makes on the students who are involved and all the artists that come through.”
Malley says featured acts this year include several performers from the St. Louis area, one of which she says has never performed out of that area before until now.
You can find a full schedule of performances online at Knox College’s website, but Malley cautions: there are always surprises.
From The Register-Mail
Most of us know Andy Gibbons as the longtime football coach at Knox College, but little did we know Andy’s a pizza maker at heart. This past Saturday, Gibbons and members of the Prairie Fire football program completed a second community service product by making and serving homemade pizza at the Galesburg Rescue Mission.
Gibbons, head coach and Knox athletic director Chad Eisele and about a dozen other players and coaches made 32 pizzas that served 40 residents of the Rescue Mission.
“It’s a great experience for our guys, and we know the people at the mission need our help,” Andy said. “We hope to make it an annual event.”
Andy said he started dabbling in homemade pizza making about nine years ago, an inspiration from watching The Food Channel on TV.
“My pizza was pretty bad at first, but it got better and now it’s pretty good,” Andy said. “I make everything from scratch, including the dough. I buy most of the ingredients locally at places like Thrushwood Farms and Hy-Vee, but I also send away for some of the ingredients.”
Andy said he makes all types of pizzas, but the supreme is his most popular. He described the style as handtossed. In addition to the Rescue Mission event, he’s made pizzas for team events at Knox, as well as a few church events and junior high school dances.
The best news? He wants to make pizza for The Lunch Gang! Andy said he’s going to check into securing an oven in the Knox cafeteria once school lets out in early June. Homemade pizza, here we come! Just go light on the cheese on my portion, Andy.
From The Register-Mail:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck spoke to an overflow house on Oct. 29, 1947, at Central Congregational Church on Galesburg’s Public Square. She spent the majority of her life living in China and her novel “The Good Earth” was the bestselling book in the United States during 1931 and 1932. In 1938 Pearl became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. Pearl Buck elaborated during her presentation in Galesburg that, “Communism is not a threat to China. They are too individualistic, they speak their own minds.” She emphasized that the Chinese people want the friendship of the United States; however, they want to be left alone to develop. Pearl Buck’s appearance in Galesburg was made possible by Knox College. She died in 1973 at the age of 81.
Congressman Bobby Schilling isn’t too thrilled with General Electric these days.
The Colona Republican was in Galesburg Monday for a town hall meeting at Knox College, the first of what he said would be regular meetings throughout the district to get ideas from his constituents. But reporters asked him what he thought about G.E. paying no tax on billions of dollars in profits made last year.
Schilling tells WGIL he doesn’t like it at all.
“If they’re earning profits, they need to be paying their taxes,” Schilling said.
Schilling says closing some tax loopholes can be some of the solution.
“We could take care of that right away by allowing the tax to be relieved, to where companies could bring that money back to the United States. There’s trillions of dollars that are sitting offshore.”
Schilling told a crowd, among other things, that the country is broke, and that only deep budget cuts are the solution. Problem is, he says, everyone is in favor of budget cuts unless it comes to a pet project or program of theirs.
Schilling says some tough choices are going to have to be made, but wants help from his constituents coming up with them.
Employees at the Galesburg Amtrak Station said as gas prices started to climb, more drivers than usual began warming up to the idea of passenger rail service…
Knox College student James Zumwalt doesn’t own a car and won’t buy one because of the cost of fuel.
He told KWQC that traveling by train is his only option;
“It wouldn’t really be affordable for me otherwise. Because the whole cost of owning a car these days as a college student is pretty insurmountable.”